He dies of heroin OD after robbing a bank
BY ALISON GENDAR and CARRIE MELAGO
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
One of the six victims who may have died from overdosing on a batch of deadly heroin had robbed a Manhattan bank about two days before his death, police said yesterday.
The day before Charles Sickler died in a portable toilet at Pier 54 near W. 13th St., the 37-year-old boasted to friends that he paid for his drugs by holding up a bank, police said.
Cops checked out the tip and found a surveillance tape of a robbery at a Commerce Bank branch at 905 Fifth Ave. Sickler is clearly visible on the tape, ripping off the bank at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12. He was sporting the same white shirt and dark pants that he was wearing when his body was found surrounded by eight syringes, police said.
It was not clear how much money he stole from the bank. Sicker had told his friends that he planned to rob another bank after his drug binge, police said.
Toxicology tests on all the victims had not been completed as of last night.
The deadly smack may have been too pure or altered with a poisonous additive.
Cops have charged ex-con Alfredo Morales, 33, with giving drugs to two of the six victims, college coeds Mellie Carballo and Maria Pesantez, both 18.
The teens died in Morales' E. Houston St. apartment on Aug.12.
A convicted drug dealer, Roberto Martinez, 41, who was with the teens when they passed out, is in police custody.
He was hit with a parole violation after his urine tested positive for drugs. Cops are investigating if he gave the coeds drugs.