The man suspected of being the "Ice Pick Bandit," striking six times at Co-Op City, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, was held for violating his probation. According to WPIX, John Martinez, 39, was caught after a "tipster said Martinez was reponsible for the muggings, and when one of the victims picked his photo." Acting on the tip, the NYPD found him near his mother's home in Cliffside Park, NJ. Martinez, who served 8 years for robbery, allegedly threatened women with an ice pick or knife and forced them to hand over money and other belongings. The NYPD is awaiting for Martinez to be extradited; his parole conditions state that he must remain in NY.
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