Feds: Iowa man pleads guilty to robbing Secaucus bank at gunpoint nearly 5 years ago


An Iowa man has pleaded guilty to robbing an unnamed Secaucus bank at gunpoint nearly five years ago, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced. By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jose Luis Martinez, 32, pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge John M. Vazquez in Newark federal court to a two-count indictment charging him with armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a bank robbery.

On January 5th, 2017, Martinez walked into a bank in Secaucus and pointed a handgun at a bank employee while demanding cash.

Martinez told the bank employee that he would shoot her and other customers if the employee did not comply. He then took cash from the bank and fled.

The armed bank robbery count carries a maximum potential penalty of 25 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

The brandishing a firearm count carries a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years, which must be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed. His sentencing is scheduled for January 31st, 2023.

Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy, Newark, with the investigation leading to the guilty plea.

He also thanked the FBI’s White Plains, New York Office; the New York City Police Department; the Greenwich, Connecticut, Police Department; and the Port Chester, New York, Police Department for their assistance.

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