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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bonanno mobster arrested during honeymoon in Hawaii

Twenty-seven-year-old Vito Pipitone, indicted earlier this week with fourteen other alleged members and associates of the Bonanno crime family, was in Honolulu, Hawaii on his honeymoon when he got the bad news as reported by the Star-Bulletin:

An alleged associate of a New York Mafia crime family is in custody in Honolulu awaiting a decision by a federal judge in Brooklyn on whether he can return to New York on his own to face racketeering charges or return in custody. * * * Pipitone is charged with conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon and with intent to cause bodily injury, assault in aid of racketeering with a dangerous weapon, and assault in aid of racketeering with intent to cause serious bodily injury. The charges stem from an Oct. 10, 2004, incident in which Pipitone, his brother and three others charged in the indictment allegedly stabbed and beat two men they believed were responsible for breaking the windows of a protected restaurant in Queens, federal prosecutors said in court documents. * * * U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Kobayashi denied the government's request on Wednesday to order Pipitone held in custody without the opportunity for bail pending his transfer to New York and ordered Pipitone released on a $50,000 signature bond. Kobayashi noted that Pipitone turned himself in, is a lifelong resident of New York, does not have a criminal record, has a sponsor who does not have a criminal record and does not have a significant history of travel to foreign countries. The government is appealing Kobayashi's order to a district judge in Brooklyn.


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