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El Dorado County detectives arrest Florida man accused of interstate stalking, threats

Detectives arrested a man Wednesday who had driven from Florida to South Lake Tahoe in an alleged stalking case involving threats against a victim’s life, authorities said.

Donald Martin, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was taken into custody Wednesday night by detectives with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and South Lake Tahoe police, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Martin was led to believe he was meeting the victim at a restaurant in South Lake Tahoe, the news release said. Instead, he was met by detectives, who located a small, loaded firearm in his pocket, authorities say.

Sheriff’s detectives in Placerville started an “around the-clock investigation” Monday looking into the alleged interstate stalking and “credible and serious threats” against the victim’s life, according to the news release.

Martin is being held in the El Dorado County jail for stalking, with bail set at $60,000.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.