Charges submitted against woman in bloody room incident |

Charges submitted against woman in bloody room incident

by F.T. Norton
Appeal Staff Writer

Charges of battery with a deadly weapon will be submitted to the Carson City District Attorney’s Office against a woman who allegedly struck her boyfriend in the face with a beer mug then left the motel room covered in blood.

Carson City Sheriff’s Detective Dave Legros said Steven Martinoni and Cynthia Markham were located by security guards at the Piñon Plaza about 10:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Investigators became concerned about the couple’s welfare Wednesday afternoon after a maid at the Rand Ave. Motel found the walls and mattress splattered with blood and blood-soaked bedding tossed in the Dumpster.

Legros said when the couple was first contacted on Thursday, Martinoni was initially evasive about what had happened, but eventually admitted Markham had struck him the face with the mug, slicing him from his cheek to his chin.

“It was probably about a good three- to four-inch gash, but I couldn’t really tell because they had Superglued the bandages to his face,” Legros said.

A clerk at the Winner’s Corner at Rand Avenue and Highway 50 East had reported to investigators that Markham had come into the convenience store early Wednesday morning to buy bandages and two tubes of Superglue. Legros said the couple then used the glue to close the wound to Martinoni’s face.

On Nov. 14, Markham, 47, and Martinoni, 50, were involved in a domestic dispute at the Carson City Inn, according to police records.

In that case, a caller reported both the man and woman were bleeding. Martinoni was detained and released, and Markham was taken into civil protective custody for being intoxicated.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.