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New York - UPDATE: Suspected Serial Killer Of Brooklyn Shopkeepers Arrested Charged With Murder

Published on: November 21, 2012 04:38 PM
Last updated on: November 21, 2012 10:38 PM
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Accused serial killer Sal Perrone is walked from the 67th Precinct on November 21st 2012.  Photo Shimon Gifter/VINNewsAccused serial killer Sal Perrone is walked from the 67th Precinct on November 21st 2012.  Photo Shimon Gifter/VINNews

New York -A balding garment salesman was arrested Wednesday for systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores and had been poised to strike again, police said.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, was taken into custody after a pharmacy worker recognized him as the man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, last Friday, with a duffel bag, police said.

Another shopkeeper came forward and said Perrone had gone into his store and questioned him on whether he worked alone and when he closed, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Police devoted scores of detectives to the case, he said.

“It’s reasonable to assume he was going to keep doing this, and, by arresting him, we saved lives,” Kelly said at a news conference.

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Perrone, of Staten Island, was arrested on charges of murder. He was in custody Wednesday and couldn’t be reached for comment. A message left on his cellphone was not returned, and it was unclear if he had an attorney.

Detectives said they found the duffel bag at his girlfriend’s home. Inside, they said, was a sawed-off rifle used in the killings, along with .22-caliber ammunition, block gloves, women’s clothing, a bloody knife and a bottle of bleach.

Perrone’s fingerprint was lifted from the murder weapon, Kelly said.

In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, Ruger 10-22 carbine, allegedly found by police in the possession Salvatore Perrone, is shown on a table in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Police say that Perrone used the rifle to kill three New York shop keepers since July. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)In this photo provided by the New York City Police Department, Ruger 10-22 carbine, allegedly found by police in the possession Salvatore Perrone, is shown on a table in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Police say that Perrone used the rifle to kill three New York shop keepers since July. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department)

Initially, authorities thought the killer might have targeted the Brooklyn shopkeepers, who were from Iran and Egypt, because of their Middle Eastern backgrounds. But on Wednesday Kelly said there was no motive he could speak of.

In the most recent killing, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, an Iranian, was shot three times in the head and chest at his store, the She She Boutique.

After that killing, detectives discovered the same gun was used in the fatal shootings of two other shopkeepers when ballistics matched the .22-caliber gun shell casings on all three. On July 6, Mohamed Gebeli, an Egyptian, was found shot in the back of his shop, Valentino Fashion Inc. On Aug. 6, Isaac Kadare, also Egyptian, was shot in the head in his store, Amazing 99 Cent Deal.

There were other similarities in the deaths, authorities said: The bodies were all partially obscured, by clothing or, in one case, a box. The locations of the shops form an equilateral triangle and are about 4 miles apart, with addresses that contain the number eight.

Police earlier this week said they were looking to speak to four people who possibly witnessed the most recent killing and released video and clear images of the four. But they zeroed in on the man with the bag, who they now say was Perrone.

Kelly called Perrone, who’s white, “talkative” with detectives and said he made incriminating statements. But Kelly refused to reveal what Perrone said.

Police said they believe Perrone carried the murder weapon in the bag and travelled by subway.

Perrone, a Brooklyn native, is divorced and lives with his girlfriend. He went store to store trying to sell clothing, police said, but it was unclear if he had tried to sell to any of the victims.

Perrone was arrested in Franconia Township, Pa., in 2001 and charged with stalking, harassment, burglary and public drunkenness, but those charges were dropped when he pleaded guilty to a trespassing charge.


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 Nov 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

Hang him!!!

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 05:15 PM shredready Says:

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ShmutzVesh Says:

Hang him!!!

I am sure you said the same thing about grossman, if you did great and if not why

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:03 PM yaakov doe Says:

The NYPD did a great job on this.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM Anonymous Says:

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shredready Says:

I am sure you said the same thing about grossman, if you did great and if not why

A) Grossman was a teenager high on drugs at the time

B) As a result of 'A' there was no intent to kill

C) The murders in this case/s were deliberate and premeditated

D) The murderer of these victims appears to be a serial killer (which of course is more horrible)

And finally, Grossman was our Jewish brother. Just as if you had a blood brother who committed a horrible crime, you would defend him (as best as you could) and above all you would pity him, because after all he is your brother, so to your fellow Jew.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:17 PM Anonymous Says:

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shredready Says:

I am sure you said the same thing about grossman, if you did great and if not why

let me guess your a bleeding heart lib.......

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 06:42 PM Answer Says:

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shredready Says:

I am sure you said the same thing about grossman, if you did great and if not why

I am actually skeptical of capital punishment because of cases like Grossman and many others (mostly minorities) who have poor representation and no premeditation. This, however, is an example (if he is deemed sane) of a case that I would support it. Read this piece and you will probobly agree that the Grossman does not compare.


On December 13, 1984, Margaret "Peggy" Park, a 26-year-old wildlife officer, came across Grossman (then aged 19) and Thayne Taylor (aged 17) shooting a stolen handgun in a wooded area of Pinellas County, Florida. Grossman, who was on probation for grand theft and other charges after burglarizing a former girlfriend's house, asked her not to turn him in for possessing a weapon and being outside Pasco County. Both were violations of his probation.[6]

As Park picked up her radio to call the sheriff's office, Grossman beat her on the head and shoulders with her flashlight. She was also beaten by Taylor. Park then managed to draw her gun and fire a warning shot. Grossman, a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier than Park, wrestled the gun away from her and shot her once in the back of the head.[6]

Grossman was convicted of first-degree murder, the jury unanimously recommending the death penalty. Taylor was convicted of third degree murder. He was released in community supervision after serving two years and 10 months of a seven-year prison term.[6]

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 07:41 PM lbk-new Says:

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shredready Says:

I am sure you said the same thing about grossman, if you did great and if not why

What does this have to do with Grossman? If this guy is a killer, he deserves to be punished. Your constant anti-semitic comments are getting tiresome.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 08:06 PM rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM bubii Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

a SAWED-OFF RIFLE IS A RIFLE THAT HAD A BRIS MILA YOU GET IT NOW?

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM sissel613 Says:

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Anonymous Says:

A) Grossman was a teenager high on drugs at the time

B) As a result of 'A' there was no intent to kill

C) The murders in this case/s were deliberate and premeditated

D) The murderer of these victims appears to be a serial killer (which of course is more horrible)

And finally, Grossman was our Jewish brother. Just as if you had a blood brother who committed a horrible crime, you would defend him (as best as you could) and above all you would pity him, because after all he is your brother, so to your fellow Jew.

So, Aron Levy was also a Jewish brother--can you defend him in the horrific crime that he did? It was not premeditated either. Not I. I cannot defend this poor excuse for a human being. Don't call him an animal--animals don't kill except for protection and food. So before you say that we need to defend our Jewish brethren who committed a horrible crime, think about the crime and the family left behind to mourn.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM welldone Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

Yes

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM big bang theory Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

It actually is just that literal. A sawed off shotgun has about half of it's barrel sawed off in order to make it lighter and easier to wield. It allows for the holder to usually fire it in one hand. However, this does decrease accuracy at longer distances, as the shell will split quicker, dispersing the shot faster.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM yaakov doe Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

You cut off part of the stock or barrel so that it's shorter and easier to conceal. I knew a woman who used to carry a sawed off shotgun in her oversized bag. Both are illegal to own.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:35 PM proudjewboy Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

each gun is required to have microscopic bumps that make a mark on the bullet. so law enforcement should be able to identify if the bullet came from this gun

if I'm wrong correct me

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM Smokey Says:

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rsnwsr Says:

Sorry for my ignorance. Can someone explain what a sawed-off rifle is?

"Sawed-off" means that you saw off most of the muzzle, or discharging end of the barrel. Sawed-off weapons fit more easily into small containers, such as duffel bags, suit jackets, cargo pants, and the like. They serve as efficiently as handguns, but the paperwork for acquiring guns with long muzzles, such as rifles, is much less complicated than for acquiring handguns.

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 Nov 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

let me guess your a bleeding heart lib.......

No. He's much worse. Anything that remotely or speculatively smells of Jewish values is taboo to him. He is the antithesis of Jewish tradition or observance. But, to his./her credit, I suspect that the bark is worse than their bite.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM proudjewboy Says:

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proudjewboy Says:

each gun is required to have microscopic bumps that make a mark on the bullet. so law enforcement should be able to identify if the bullet came from this gun

if I'm wrong correct me

I was wrong. guns aren't required to make the marks it just happens.
⁢ doesn't work with shotguns

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 02:08 AM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

Good work by the NYPD on catching him.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 06:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Just curious, why doesn't the article mention that on of the store clerks was Jewish?

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 07:27 AM amentch2 Says:

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bubii Says:

a SAWED-OFF RIFLE IS A RIFLE THAT HAD A BRIS MILA YOU GET IT NOW?

Good one !
I can hardly stop laughing

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:23 AM HeshyEmes Says:

Just a few comments; to # 20, I'll hazard a guess that u don't get out much; If someone commits a horrible crime, e.g. Grossman, Levy, Duffel guy, they should be Executed. Not necessarily because they have a "black heart" and are Evil, but rather on the concept of "u'beeartuh ruh meykirbechu" and because Society demands it. Finally, if once in a long while an innocent person gets executed, that's life. Get over it. If u can understand wonderful young people dying of cancer or because they were smushed by a drunk driver, then that's God's will. (Obviously we should try to minimize the risks; perhaps by a panel who just judges the possibility of mistaken identity.)

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM Anonymous Says:

HeshyEmes, are you saying that it wasn't G-d's will that the victims in this case died?

Given the way the death penalty was decided in halacha (two eidim, perpetrator warned, etc.), it's quite a stretch to equate the death penalty in American law to the death penalty in halacha. Also, since there's no death penalty in New York, this whole discussion is pretty pointless.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM pbalaw Says:

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HeshyEmes Says:

Just a few comments; to # 20, I'll hazard a guess that u don't get out much; If someone commits a horrible crime, e.g. Grossman, Levy, Duffel guy, they should be Executed. Not necessarily because they have a "black heart" and are Evil, but rather on the concept of "u'beeartuh ruh meykirbechu" and because Society demands it. Finally, if once in a long while an innocent person gets executed, that's life. Get over it. If u can understand wonderful young people dying of cancer or because they were smushed by a drunk driver, then that's God's will. (Obviously we should try to minimize the risks; perhaps by a panel who just judges the possibility of mistaken identity.)

Really? So aedim and hasrahah and Bais din doesn't come into play by you

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:36 PM bigwheeel Says:

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lbk-new Says:

What does this have to do with Grossman? If this guy is a killer, he deserves to be punished. Your constant anti-semitic comments are getting tiresome.

The constant, incessant, anti-Semitic outbursts are part of his MO. You would need a Pathologic Psychiatrist to analyze what drives him. Hitler, too had some pathological issues that drove his hate for Jews.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM bigwheeel Says:

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proudjewboy Says:

each gun is required to have microscopic bumps that make a mark on the bullet. so law enforcement should be able to identify if the bullet came from this gun

if I'm wrong correct me

This not "a requirement", it's a fact, A result of the manufacturing process, where each barrel has distinct, microscopic differences than all other gun barrels. The spent bullet, (Jacket) recovered from the crime scene is then tested to see if it matches the markings on the gun barrel.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 01:59 PM Melech Says:

New York State has not executed anyone since 1963. Essentially, capital punishment was abolished in NY in 1965. Since that time, there have been no less than 45,000-50,000 homicides in New York State.
Mr. Perrone's killer was bad news to his neighbors. He accosted and threatened a neighbor following Hurricane Sandy. It appeared that the killer's tree was knocked over, and destroyed, and fell across a neighbor's lot. Hence, the neighbor rightfully took his chain saw, and cut it up. The latter act did not sit too good with Mr. Perrone, who threatened his neighbor. The entire block was afraid of Perrone, as he would sit in the middle of his street on a lawn chair at night, drinking beer. Also, his home was subject to numerous building code violations, as it was not properly maintained. Last, I wish that the readers would stop bringing up the case of Grossman. Regarding the comment about Grossman being high on drugs, the latter is no legal defense to murder. He made a conscious decision to take the Park Ranger's gun, and kill her. She was a very nice person, who attended school, not too far from where I live. Justice was served in that case!

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM proudjewboy Says:

Reply to #25  
bigwheeel Says:

This not "a requirement", it's a fact, A result of the manufacturing process, where each barrel has distinct, microscopic differences than all other gun barrels. The spent bullet, (Jacket) recovered from the crime scene is then tested to see if it matches the markings on the gun barrel.

thanks. as you can see. I corrected it in #17

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