Five Mobsters Arrested Three Decades After the 1978 Lufthansa Heist at JFK Made Famous in the Movie ‘GoodFellas’ (Update: Bonanno Crime Family Suspect Vincent Asaro, Jerome Asaro, Thomas DeFiore, John Rigano & Jack Bonventre Arrested)
Five men believed to be reputed mobsters associated with New York’s Bonnano crime family have been arrested Thursday in connection with the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK International Airport. The “heist” was made famous in the 1990 movie. ‘GoodFellas’. Huh, I would have thought at this point either those involved in the multi-million dollar heist would have died of old age or been whacked for their involvement in the crime. Many of those who took part in the crime turned up dead to keep their silence. Mastermind of the heist James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke was a member of the the Lucchese crime family and died in prison in 1996. However, it would seem that Jimmy the Gent had some secrets in the basement of his home, now owned by his daughter.
Original VIDEO from NBC of the 1978 Lufthansa Heist
Five men believed to be mobsters were taken into custody on Thursday on charges of murder and other crimes linked to an long-unsolved 1978 Lufthansa heist at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, an FBI spokeswoman said.
The arrests in the three-decades-old crime, made famous by the 1990 film “Goodfellas,” were the result of an FBI search last summer at the New York home of James “Jimmy the Gent” Burke, said FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser.
Burke, the suspected mastermind of the heist, died in prison in 1996 while serving time for the murder of a drug dealer. Robert De Niro played a character based on Burke in the film.
Those arrested were Bonanno family suspects Vincent Asaro, Jerome Asaro, Thomas DeFiore, John Rigano and Jack Bonventre.
File this one under, better late than never … Arrests Made in Cold Case Investigation, Including ’78 Lufthansa Heist.
The investigation looked at numerous crimes, some predating even the airport heist, including a homicide committed in the late 1960s. The federal investigation first became public in June, when F.B.I. agents descended on a home in the South Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and began digging in the basement, soon finding human remains, the person familiar with the investigation said.
The property was owned by the daughter of the late James (Jimmy the Gent) Burke, the underworld figure whom investigators have long suspected of masterminding the Lufthansa theft.
One of the men who has been arrested, Vincent Asaro, 78, is expected to face charges in connection to the airport robbery, according to a second person familiar with the investigation. It is not immediately clear what investigators believe to have been his role.
The other men under arrest are not accused of that particular crime.
Define stupid, attempting to rob a gun shop …
Two black male teens dressed in female Muslim burqas tried to rob Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County, PA. as the two teens, age 15 and 17, tried to hold ho the store, the owner of the gun shop, Joe Galiano, chose one of the many weapons at his disposal and fired his .45-caliber hand gun at the assailants. Neither was struck, but the two ran from the store. The two teens were later found by police and arrested. They have been charged with robbery, possession of an instrument of crime, reckless endangerment and drug possession.
15 year-old Isaiah Nelson & 17 year-old Sean Wooden
Galiano is the owner of Suburban Armory, the gun shop on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Delaware County. There is a giant gun-shaped sign on the roof. Inside, Galiano is surrounded by guns, including the .45-caliber pistol on his hip. Can’t miss it.
And the police station is just around the corner from the shop.
Despite these conspicuous crime deterrents, two teenagers nonetheless decided to throw on burqas and pull a silver handgun on Galiano about 1:40 p.m. yesterday in a botched attempt to stick him up, police said.
“They had the whole-body Muslim garb,” Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said. “They came in with the gun and pointed it for a holdup.”
Galiano, faced with the incongruous image of a male dressed in female Muslim garb waving a gun around, decided to make use of one of the many firearms at his disposal.
Investigators detained both suspects, who now face multiple charges including robbery and simple assault.
Officers recovered the handgun used in the robbery from the floor of the bus and other pieces of evidence, including the Muslim clothing and a backpack with duck tape, were found between the crime scene and the trolley stop, according to police.
Jihad Watch makes a very important point regarding the perps using Muslim garb to hide their identities, but in today’s PC world we are more worried about offending individuals than protecting citizens with common sense laws.
Clearly the burqa and the niqab are threats to public safety, as anyone can wear one and conceal his identity while committing a crime. But to ban them would be “Islamophobic.
How pathetic is this … Churches need GPS to track stolen Baby Jesus from Nativity Scene. So we need GPS in order for Churches to track down Nativity scene figurines in this day and age? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? Try explaining that one to the Father on judgement day, oh sorry God, I stole a figurine of your son from a Nativity scene. Just curious, what part about Thou shall not steal are people not quite understanding?
It’s a problem some churches didn’t know how to handle until now. One security company is using its power to partner with a symbol that needs a little help this holiday season.
Each year, Baby Jesus figurines are stolen from nativity scenes across the country. Now, church owners are fighting back.
A GPS device is put inside the doll to prevent theft.
“And the beauty of this is it really works and it’s simple to use,” said Alan Czyzewski, Parishioner at St. Ambrose Church in New Jersey.
19 Year Old Thug Trevonnte Brown Attempts Armed Robbery on Bus in Seattle, WA and Then Gets His A$$ Kicked by Passengers (VIDEO)
Passengers fight back against thug on Seattle bus …
19 year old punk Trevonnte Brown finds himself in a world of hurt, literally. The 19 year old boarded a bus in Seattle, Washington and began terrorizing passengers as he pointed a gun at several of them in an attempt to rob them and then did so to the wrong individual. He fought back and then several other passengers joined in and began beating the crap out of the robber and held him until the authorities came. Brown was arrested and charged with 3 counts of robbery and of count of attempted robbery charges and could face up to 15 years if convicted.
Brown plead not guilty to the charges. Dude, you better watch the VIDEO below, it does not look like you were asking for directions.
The video shows a man — who police identify as Brown — pull out a handgun and rob two passengers of their cell phones. As he walks toward the front of the bus, the robber stops and points his gun in the face of a seated passenger.
That passenger stands up and lunges at the gunman, which sparks a melee that ends with several other passengers holding the robber on the ground.
Chris Briggs was one of the first passengers robbed. He was on his way home when Brown got on the bus, and he said he immediately noticed something off about him.
“We noticed that his face was kind of covered and he was wearing a hoodie, too, so you couldn’t quite tell what was going on,” Briggs said.
Briggs said the robber then pointed a gun at him and told him to hand over his phone. Briggs initially said no, put quickly thought better of it.
“He jabbed me a little harder and said, ‘Don’t make this any harder than it has to be,’” he said.
Moments later, when a passenger was scuffling with Brown, Briggs and others jumped in to help.
“Then me and a couple other guys all just kind of jumped at the same time to kind of tackle him,” he said.
Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell Denies OJ Simpson’s New Trail & Upholds His 2008 Conviction on Kidnapping & Armed Robbery
OJ SIMPSON DENIED … IT’S TRUE, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS AND SO DOES OJ IN PRISON!!!
Clark County, Nevada District Judge Linda Marie Bell has denied O.J. Simpson’s appeal for a new trial. In upholding his 2008 conviction for kidnapping, armed robbery and other charges the judge said that Simpson was denied on “All grounds in the petition lack merit.” Simpson’s “non-dream” legal team’s had asked for a new trial on 22 specific grounds related to his trial and appeal. However, Judge Linda Marie Bell’s 101 page, point-by-point-by-point ruling denied the “Juice” as she stated, “Given the overwhelming amount of evidence, neither the errors in this case, nor the errors collectively, cause this court to question the validity of Mr. Simpson’s conviction.”
A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson’s bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star’s bid for freedom based on the claim that his original lawyer botched his armed robbery and kidnapping trial in Las Vegas more than five years ago.
“All grounds in the petition lack merit and, consequently, are denied,” Clark County District Judge Linda Marie Bell said.
Simpson lawyer Patricia Palm said she wanted to speak to Simpson before commenting on the decision. Ozzie Fumo, her co-counsel in the effort, said he expected they would appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.
VIDEO - KTNV Channel 13 Action News
OJ Simpson is currently serving 9 to 33 years on his 2008 conviction of kidnapping, armed robbery and 10 other charges in the 2007 Las Vegas incident where Simpson and others were arrested in bizarre Vegas memorabilia heist. Karma baby!
Look for O J and his defense team to appeal this decision in federal court next. As reported at the Las Vegas Sun, Simpson’s attorney Ozzie Fumo said, “This is just the first step and we are going to Nevada Supreme Court and Mr. Simpson will be vindicated when this is done. We’re not giving up this fight and it’s not over.” Note to O J defense team, its over!
Isn’t it amazing how some of these folks just cannot seem to go gentle into that good night and have to put themselves in the media light. Even serving time and being irrelevant, this narcissist still gets PR. Interestingly enough, Dana Pretzer on Scared Monkeys radio was discussing this phenomenon with Dr. Clint VanZandt of those like O J Simpson and George Zimmerman just cannot seem to go away.
Cowardly Purse Snatcher Gets Surprise of His Life as Woman Delivers the Smackdown and Beats the Living Daylights Out of Perp
FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE DAY …
Watch the VIDEO below and see the low-life purse snatcher get the surprise of his life. He obviously picked the wrong person to mess with. The punk snuck up behind the unsuspecting woman and then the fireworks began. Refusing to give him her purse, she then delivered the smack-down on him, kicking and beating the punk so badly that the perps friend has to rescue him. Watch and enjoy.
Don’t be a victim, kick some butt …
In Malaysia, where we think this happened, thieves are extremely brazen and apparently very careless.
Today’s target was a woman that they expected would not put up any kind of a fight. They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
Well, this girl is about to serve it up hot. I bet they never saw this coming!
Hmm, was this a real attack or was the video part of Crime Awareness in Malaysia?
Don’t Mess with 92 Year Old Women From Texas … Opal Phelps Kicks Would be Home Invader/Robber in the Face
DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS …
This might just be the feel good story of the week. 92 year old Opal Phelps is the hero of the week. Opal was awakened in her bedroom by a masked thief in her Jasper County, TX home Monday, but was not intimidated. Instead she was defiant. The home invader then asked for $20, she informed him she didn’t have any money and was unaware of what she did with her purse. The thief then instructed her to put on her shoes. Because her shoes are hard to get on, that’s when the feisty senior citizen took her other foot and kicked the masked man right in the face. GOOD FOR YOU OPAL!!!
The senior citizen did not give in to the thief’s demands. When he asked for $20, she informed him she didn’t have any money and was unaware of what she did with her purse.
He then instructed her to put on her shoes.
“He had a hold of my leg trying to put them shoes on, and they hard to get on, and I just took my other foot and kicked him right in the face,” Phelps said.
She had a Life Alert monitor on her nightstand and when the intruder grabbed it, she hit the button. The man took off, but he did get away with a gun she had near her bed.
She was defiant to the end.
One would think that was defiant enough by Opal Phelps, but it gets even better. Opal told the police, “I’m going to stay here. I was getting me another gun.” Phelps then says, ” … I’m going to use it next time I think.”
Police are still looking for the thief.
You know the story can’t go well when there is a Kevorkian involved … Robbery, Kidnapping and Cutting off one’s Penis, oh My!
Four men, Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, Hossein Nayeri, 34, and Kyle Shirakawa Handley, 34, have been charged with kidnapping, robbery and torture as they cut off a California marijuana dispensary owner’s penis. Who does this, unless your name is Lorena Bobbit? However, unlike John Bobbit who had his reaatched, in a final act of depravity, police said Handley, Nayeri, and Ryan Kevorkian took the victim’s penis with them as they fled so that it could never be reattached.
Four people were charged with kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner, torturing him with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis during a robbery because they thought he was burying piles of cash in the desert, authorities said Friday.
Ryan Anthony Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Josette Kevorkian, 33, were arrested Friday in Fresno, a day after the FBI arrested 34-year-old Hossein Nayeri in Prague in the Czech Republic, Orange County authorities said in a statement.
The four have been charged with kidnapping for ransom, aggravated mayhem, torture, burglary and a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily injury.
Win one for the good guys and conceal carry permit holders … Good riddance to bad rubbish!
Welcome to a robbers worst nightmare, a store owner with a concealed carry permit and a good shot. 31 year old Tavell Lawson is dead after he entered the Meador Pharmacy in Dumas, AR around 5:30 a.m. Friday and tried to rob the store at gun point. After the pharmacist initially retreated as Lawson demanded money, the pharmacist pulled his own concealed weapon and shot the masked gunman dead. So much for the individuals who want gun control and limit the Second Amendment.
A man is dead after a failed attempt to rob a local pharmacy.
According to Dumas police, 31-year-old Tavell Lawson entered Meador Pharmacy around 5:30 a.m. Friday wearing a mask and wielding a gun, then demanded money from the pharmacist, who was just opening the store.
The pharmacist initially retreated, but when he could retreat no longer, he pulled his own concealed weapon and shot and killed the masked gunman.
A Levi’s Call Alert Issued for Missing 14 Year Old Ayvani Hope Perez Kidnapped During Home Invasion in Ellenwood, GA (Update: Kidnappers Demand $10,000 Randsom … Pic of Suspects) (Update: Found Safe, Kidnappers Arrested)
A Levi’s Call alert has been issued for missing 14 year old Ayvani Hope Perez from Clayton County who was kidnapped from her family’s Ellenwood home early Tuesday. The 14 year old was abducted following a home invasion. According to accounts, two armed men broke into the home and demanded money and jewelry. The mother did not have any money so they shot the dog and kidnapped the 14-year-old. The two suspects, described as two black males are said to have gotten away in a gray Dodge. Ayvani Hope Perez is considered to be in extreme danger.
According to the alert, Ayvani Hope Perez was kidnapped by two armed men during a home invasion in the 3800 block of Brookgate Drive.
Clayton County police spokesman Phong Nguyen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the suspects pried open a back door of the home about 2:15 a.m.
He said the mother tried to hide her two children, but the gunmen found the family, along with the family’s dog, and demanded money and jewelry.
“She did not have any money and jewelry so they shot the dog and kidnapped the 14-year-old,” Nguyen said.
The teen was last seen being taken from the home in a gray Dodge.
Ayvani, who is 4 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 93 pounds, is Hispanic and has brown eyes and black hair. She was wearing blue and gray Star Wars pajama bottoms and a blue and gray “Super Hero” shirt.
Family members said Tuesday afternoon that alleged home invaders who kidnapped a 14-year-old girl from her Clayton County home have demanded $10,000 ransom for her safe return.
Police have issued a Levi’s Call alert for Ayvani Hope Perez, the two men, and a gray Dodge vehicle.
Anyone with information on the girl or the suspects should call 911 or Clayton County police at 678-610-4781.
UPDATE II: Abducted Georgia girl, 14, found alive. Two suspects, Juan Alberto Contreras-Rodriguez, 40, and Wildrego Jackson, 29, are in federal custody.
14-year-old Georgia girl kidnapped by two gunmen during a home invasion early Tuesday has been found alive, officials said.
Ayvani Hope Perez was in good health, officials said, and was being evaluated on Wednesday afternoon.