Police arrest man in death of popular Miami bartender Louis Salgar

Raul Martinez was armed with a machete when police caught him

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Raul Reinoso Martinez

MIAMI - A 51-year-old man armed with a machete was arrested in the death of a popular 28-year-old Miami bartender, police said Thursday.

Miami police said Raul Reinoso Martinez was arrested in St. Augustine Beach on the Fourth of July. He was being held without bond in connection with the June 24 shooting death of Louis "Lulo" Salgar,

"Louis was compassionate, gentle, humble, and intelligent," His girlfriend's mom, Nancy Henderson, said on Facebook. "He was a history buff on many topics; including music, photography, and mixology."

Salgar worked as a bartender at several popular hipster bars and he was a musician, who enjoyed playing at Churchill's Pub in Little Haiti and Stage in the Design District.

Although he preferred punk rock, he admired Billie Holiday, Paul Simon, Chet Baker, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. He liked listening to the Misfits, Joy Division, The Smiths, Pixies, Cypress Hill and Radiohead.

His last job was at the Broken Shaker, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., in Miami Beach. Salgar also worked at The Social Club, 1717 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach and Gramps, 176 NW 24 St., in Miami's Wynwood.

Police said that when Salgar arrived at his home, 8551 NE Eighth Ct., near Miami's El Portal, there was a burglary in progress. Martinez was inside, police said.

Henderson said on Facebook that "once he entered, he was fatally shot, and his car was used by the criminals to flee."

Palm Beach police officers found Salgar's Honda Accord near the Breakers Hotel, 1. S. County Rd. Detectives identified Martinez as a suspect and there was a warrant out for his arrest. 

When St. Augustine Beach police officers spotted Martinez, he was armed with a machete.  They listed him as homeless, and as an out-of-state fugitive. St. Johns County listed him as an out-of-county fugitive. Martinez was facing a probation violation and second-degree murder.

Family and friends will be hosting a memorial show July 19 at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE 2nd Ave., to help Salgar's family. Local bands Aversion, Little Daggers and Bulletproof Tiger are listed.

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