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Secaucus Bank Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty


An Iowa man admitted robbing a bank in Secaucus in January 2017, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

Federal officials aid Jose Luis Martinez, 32, pleaded guilty on Sept. 13, 2022, 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.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Jan. 5, 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.

Martinez 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.  

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2022.