Ice-Pick Bandit Was Just “Stressing” Over Christmas Gifts


John Martinez, the accused “ice pick bandit” who was picked up in New Jersey after allegedly cornering and robbing at least six women in elevators in the Bronx’s Co-op City and Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town, was indicted yesterday.

Today, the New York Post says Martinez (who prosecutors have called “a persistent violent felon”) told the arresting officers he was “sick,” while a cousin tells the Daily News he was just mugging people because he was stressed about buying Christmas gifts. Because nothing says “holiday cheer” like being threatened with an ice pick for your wallet.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2010

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