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April 25, 2021

Suspect in Remington murder has long record

Martin Anuar Martinez allegedly murdered Charles W. “Trip” Bopp, 24, at a farmhouse just west of Remington on Thursday, April 22.
A 2016 booking photo of Martin Anuar Martinez after his arrest for robbery.
Authorities have released the identification of a suspect in Thursday night’s murder of a 24-year-old man near Remington.

A wanted poster placed online around 3:30 a.m. Sunday depicts Martin Anuar Martinez, 30, “wanted for murder.”

Mr. Martinez, 5-feet-9 and 170 pounds, “is considered armed and dangerous,” according to the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.

Listed in 2017 court records as a Manassas resident, Mr. Martinez has an extensive criminal record. He pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony in 2016.

Federal authorities participated in his arrest five years ago.

He faced at least 10 other charges that prosecutors dropped.

Deputies responded just after 5:30 p.m. April 22 to a reported shooting in the 11900 block of Freemans Ford Road, Sgt. Steve Lewis said.

Charles W. “Trip” Bopp, 24, died in the front yard at his home.

“Deputies located a deceased male with upper body trauma lying in the front yard of the residence,” Sgt. Lewis said in a press release Friday. “The Fauquier sheriff’s office is working in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Detectives are working diligently to identify the suspect or suspects involved. This appears to be an isolated incident.”

The shooting took place in an area of large farms and widely-space houses about a mile west of Remington and just north of the Rappahannock River.

The victim’s father Charles W. Bopp Jr. retired Aug. 31 as a major, one of the highest-ranking members of the Fauquier sheriff’s office. Maj. Bopp previously worked as a U.S. Secret Service agent in charge after transferring from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information about the case call a540-422-8759.
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