NY ice-pick rob suspect charged in 2 more stickups

December 20, 2010 4:39:20 PM PST
A parolee already accused of wielding an ice pick in a series of robberies in New York City elevators has been charged with two more similar muggings.

John Martinez is being held without bail after being arraigned Monday on charges of robbing two women in elevators in a Bronx apartment complex on Nov. 14. Defense lawyer Pat Bonanno has requested a psychiatric examination for Martinez. He says the 39-year-old has reported a history of psychiatric hospitalization.

Bronx prosecutors say Martinez had a knife in one holdup and an ice pick in the other.

Martinez was charged Dec. 9 with three muggings in elevators in a Manhattan apartment complex. No victims were hurt.

Martinez was arrested on a parole-violation warrant this month in Cliffside Park, N.J.

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