TUCSON – Twelve minutes, it is a number Joseph Martinez finds hard to forget.
“As soon as I saw the look on the doctor’s face. I knew my boy was gone,” said Martinez.
Martinez said that back in March, his son Mario was vacationing in Rocky Point when he got in an accident.
An ambulance took Mario Martinez to a clinic. That is when Martinez said the extortion started.
Martinez said the clinic demanded $600 cash before they would release his son.
By the time the family got the 20-year-old released, Martinez said it was too late.
“Once they crossed, the EVAC flew him to the hospital in Phoenix. Where he died 12 minutes before he got to the hospital,” said Martinez.
News 4 Tucson Investigators contacted both the clinic and the United States Consulate in the area. So far neither have responded.
Martinez said he wants both the U.S. and Mexican governments to crack down on corruption and work more closely together.
“I tell people all the time I don’t like to get caught up in the whys and what ifs because that is just gonna take me down a road I don’t want to go. I still have two daughters that I love and need to care for but in my heart, in my belief, I do feel my son would be here if he wasn’t kept for that long,” said Martinez.