For Immediate Release - September 17, 2013

Edwin I. Martinez Conviction

            District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that on September 13, 2013, Edwin I. Martinez (DOB: 06/11/1982) pleaded guilty in Barnstable Superior Court to Masked Armed Robbery, Operating to Endanger and Threats to Commit a Crime.  Judge Gary A. Nickerson sentenced Mr. Martinez to State Prison for nine to ten years committed on the Masked Armed Robbery charge.  Judge Nickerson sentenced Mr. Martinez to the Barnstable House of Correction for one year committed on the Operating to Endanger Charge and six months committed on the Threat to Commit a Crime charge, said sentences to run concurrent with the above-described state prison sentence.

The incident that resulted in the above-described charges occurred on May 7, 2013, in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  At approximately 10:30 PM on May 7, 2013, the Barnstable Police were dispatched to a Marstons Mills convenience store for a reported robbery.  Upon arrival, the store clerk reported that a masked man armed with a large knife entered the store, jumped the counter, forcibly removed two cash drawers from underneath the counter and fled the store in a motor vehicle in a northerly direction.  During the incident, the masked man stated “I will kill you”.  Mr. Martinez was subsequently indentified as the masked man and the operator of the fleeing motor vehicle.  Mr. Martinez crashed the motor vehicle near the Route 149 and Race Lane roundabout.  Mr. Martinez and the passenger of the motor vehicle, Selvin DeLeon, were arrested at the scene of the crash.  The cash drawers, which contained approximately three hundred dollars, were recovered in the area of the crash.

The case was investigated by the Barnstable Police Department and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Edward F.X. Lynch.