Man to be sentenced in robberies, assaults on Centre Hall Mountain

A man charged with robbing four teenagers and threatening to kill them on Centre Hall Mountain in May is set to be sentenced Tuesday.

Richard Martinez, 19, pleaded guilty in September, avoiding a trial that had been scheduled for the following week.

Spring Township police said four 14-year-old boys encountered Martinez while returning from a hike in the Big Rock area of mountain May 5.

Martinez forced them to the ground, kicked one of them in the head and stole three iPods and a bottle of water from the backpacks, the boys would later tell police.

Police said Martinez allegedly held a box cutter to one boy’s throat and threatened to kill them.

One of the boys remembered seeing a tattoo on the alleged attacker, eventually leading to Martinez’s arrest.

While they haven’t exactly said why Martinez was on the mountain, police wrote in charging documents that the area is known as a site where marijuana in grown.

Martinez entered an open plea to all 26 counts against him, including 14 felonies. He was charged with robbery, aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Pamela Ruest in the Centre County courthouse. A previous sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 22 was continued to Tuesday.