Protective order issued against radio host Russ Martin


The Dallas Morning News reports an emergency protective order prohibits KLLI-FM radio personality Russ Martin from approaching the woman he’s accused of assaulting and threatening with a Glock pistol last week at his area home 7/17.

Martin, 47, the host of the Russ Martin Show on KLLI-FM, was arrested Friday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 27-year-old woman, who said she was engaged to Martin, reported the incident to police the next day. The woman (whose name has not been released), told police that Martin became irate after phoning home and learning she had failed to follow up with an IRS agent about a package delivery. She said he told her the IRS was trying to “take his house and everything he owned.”

“When he arrived home, Martin began screaming at the woman to come downstairs,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. When the woman refused, the affidavit says, Martin went upstairs and began kicking and pushing her desk, destroying it, a bookcase and other personal items. The woman accuses Martin of pushing her against a wall, kicking her and pulling hair out of her head, police said.

Police said the woman had several red spots on the back of her head where her hair had been ripped out. She also had an abrasion behind her right ear and told investigators Martin bruised her left thigh when he kicked her.

Martin was arrested Friday morning and released after posting bond. He was not on the air Monday, but he has not been suspended and is expected to return Tuesday, KLLI GM David Henry told the paper.

Martin has no previous arrest history and his local charity work includes The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation, which assists the families of officers and firefighters in Dallas-Fort Worth who have died in the line of duty.

“Russ is a great person,” Powers told the paper. “He’s a very resilient person. Obviously, when someone is arrested for a second-degree felony, it’s serious.”