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Autopsy today

An autopsy is scheduled today on the body of a woman found dead Sunday in an apartment in Sherman Hills.

The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office identified the woman as Ernestine Martinez, 25, of Wilkes-Barre.

Police said she was found inside 308 N. Empire Court at 2:42 p.m.

There were no signs of foul play, police said.



WILKES-BARRE — City police arrested a man they say swung a machete at a woman in the Sherman Hills apartment complex early Monday morning.


Craig S. Davis was arraigned on his 30th birthday by District Judge Ronald Swank in Wright Township on charges of aggravated assault and simple assault. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.


Police said they recovered a machete hidden under a couch in an apartment where Davis was arrested.


According to the criminal complaint:


Jeanette Ocasio told police she managed to escape her apartment on Parkview Circle where, she said, Davis swung a machete at her just before 3:30 a.m.


Ocasio told police she was arguing with Davis about Davis sending text messages to another woman. After they argued, Ocasio went to a bedroom and locked the door to go to sleep.


Minutes later, Ocasio said, Davis banged on the door that he threatened to force open, the complaint says.


Ocasio told police she unlocked and opened the door and found Davis holding a machete, according to the complaint. Police said in the complaint Ocasio stated Davis swung the machete at her, striking a bedroom dresser.


Ocasio ran out of the apartment and called 911.


Police responded and found Davis and a cut on top of the dresser that was made by a large blade, the complaint says.


Davis told police he argued with Ocasio but denied having a machete, which was found under a couch, police said in the complaint.


A preliminary hearing is scheduled on May 22 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

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