‘Ice pick’ robber pleads guilty

By Sabina Mollot

John Martinez

On Thursday, the man who robbed three women in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village while threatening them with an ice pick last year pled guilty to those crimes as well as an attempt to do the same thing to another woman in Stuy Town.

“This defendant threatened safety and security of women and children in their own apartment buildings,” District Attorney Cy Vance said. “With this guilty plea, a dangerous criminal will be kept out of our neighborhoods.”

In the three robberies, John Martinez would follow his victims onto elevators and pull out an ice pick while demanding cash.

In one of the incidents, on December 2, 2010, he also threatened the three-year-old son of one of the women if she didn’t let him into her apartment for more money than the $80 she’d handed over. Fortunately, when they got to her floor, the woman and her son were able to get into the apartment without Martinez getting in as well.

Less than a half hour later he went to another building, robbing someone else who was with her two young children. Out of that heist, he got away with her cash and jewelry. It was earlier in that day when he also had an unsuccessful take, trying to lure a woman into an elevator in her 14th Street building. She declined and for that incident, Martinez was convicted of burglary.

Martinez, a 40-year-old resident of the Bronx, had originally pled not guilty, saying he was sick and needed help.

According to a spokesperson for the D.A., he is expected to get 18 years to life as a persistent violent felony offender, under the terms of a plea deal. The sentencing is scheduled for December 13.

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