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Tom Martino's wife suffers 'bloody nose' in weekend assault

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KUSA - Consumer advocate and radio personality Tom Martino is not commenting on revelations he and his wife waited to report a domestic violence situation that occurred in their car while in Denver Friday night until they returned home to the city of Columbine Valley, in Arapahoe County.

According to a Denver Police report, Martino and his wife Holly began arguing in their vehicle while at an unknown red light near Auraria Parkway and Interstate 25. Martino was driving the car while his wife was in the passenger seat. 

The probable cause statement against Martino says Holly tried to get out of the vehicle during the argument at the stop light but was stopped by Martino who "put his arm around the victim" to keep her inside. The court record goes on to say that, "when the light turned green the suspect drove away and they continued arguing." 

That is when the report says Martino hit his wife "in the face once with a closed fist causing a bloody nose." Denver Police were notified by the Columbine Valley Police Department and they arrived at the Martino home at 11:15 p.m.

Martino was jailed and issued a Denver city citation for disturbing the peace and assault. 

Martino, known to his listeners as the consumer advocate "The Troubleshooter," has shut down his Facebook page after many people responded to the comments he issued on the page following news of the alleged assault broke over the weekend.

He also issued a statement to 9Wants to Know Sunday morning:

"Holly and I remain deeply in love and committed to each other and to our family. 

The incident that happened Friday night was a foolish mistake. We were both drinking too much. We got into an argument that escalated over a struggle for a cell phone. We were both inadvertently injured and we were not trying to hurt each other. 

My over-reaction was uncalled for. I am ashamed of my behavior. I should've walked away. I also believe alcohol was a major catalyst. We are dealing with our issues through professional Christian spiritual counseling, with mutual love and support. We advise anyone dealing with these struggles to seek help before there is an incident." 

9Wants to Know attempted to talk to Martino Monday to ask if the "alcohol" involved in the incident he mentioned in the statement was consumed before or after he was driving the car. He has not responded to our questions.

Martino was released from jail Saturday. Police say Holly was transported to Denver Health to be treated for her injuries. Martino, who made his money giving consumer advice, filed for bankruptcy in 2011. 

Martino's syndicated show is aired on KHOW radio. Management there issued a statement Sunday, "Clear Channel has no comment at this time. As far as Tom's show is concerned, it is presently on its pre-scheduled vacation."

KHOW opted not to renew the contract of another long-time radio host Peter Boyles earlier this year following an investigation into a work-place incident in which he was accused of assaulting a co-worker. No charges were ever filed in that case.

Denver police are not charging Martino with driving while intoxicated because they say there is not enough evidence to convict him. Authorities were not notified of the incident until the Martino's were at home and no longer in the car.

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