Making a false report. Making a false report or causing alarm is a Class A Misdemeanour offense in Texas which Martin has now been charged with. Investigations are still ongoing but this is a charge which could result in prison time, leaving Coleman Martin in a difficult position being a serving police officer.
Coleman's reasons. "The reasons why Coleman Martin decided to try and fake his own death have not been commented on but others who have tried similar actions have often done so “to avoid jail or get away with a crime; others want to escape debt, a stalker, or a burdensome relationship.” according to forensic psychologist Dr. Katherine Ramsland. It is an elaborate and deceitful scam and one which leaves family and friends behind grieving for their loved one not knowing that all the time they are alive and well and living a different life." Source: Sword and Scale.
Police get a tip. Heavy.com reports that "according to KXAN-TV, Martin 'had a close relationship with a female who was not his wife, detectives learned. At around 4:15 p.m. Thursday, she told police that Martin was alive and the entire disappearance was his attempt to stage his own death. She said Martin sent her an email stating his plan for a staged death had been successful.'”
Getting to the border. In the email, authorities allege, according to KXAN, “Martin described how he had intentionally staged the scene with his vehicle at Lake Amistad and then rode a bicycle for eight miles to a convenience store. He then threw his bicycle in a dumpster behind the store and took a taxi to a border crossing.” Source: Heavy.com.
Charges against Coleman Martin. Martin’s now accused of a crime.The 29-year-old cop “is now facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of ‘false report,'” reports ABC 13. Source: Heavy.com.
Scamming the system. A half dozen agencies had joined in a massive search for Martin before the faked death angle emerged, and the police association apologized that their time was wasted, reports KXAN-TV. (Courtesy of heavy.com.)
Martin Coleman. Coleman broke the trust of his friends and family, and the Austin Police Department. He tried to scam the system and got caught.