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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

'Goodfellas' mobster is arrested in metro-east

The former mobster who inspired "Goodfellas" was arrested Sunday in Fairview Heights because he had "one too many" drinks in a hotel lobby, he said.
Henry P. Hill, 66, of Topanga, Calif., was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in the Drury Inn Hotel, 12 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights.
"I got a summons for being intoxicated; it wasn't my first one," Hill said. "I broke the law and I got arrested.
"I don't drink every day," he added. "Sometimes I have one too many. I know I shouldn't drink this much, but they give you free drinks. I had a few and it got pretty foggy after that. The lady I was with doesn't drink, so I had six drinks and I ended up at the county jail."
Police were notified about 9:09 p.m. Sunday of a disturbance in the lobby of the hotel.
"Apparently I got loud and beligerent in the lobby, but there was no one there except me and the girl in the lobby, so now I owe her an apology," Hill said. "I will personally go down and apologize to her."
Sgt. Steve Evans could not immediately provide more information on the nature of the disturbance, and said more details may be released today.
Hill was taken to the St. Clair County Jail, and has since been arraigned and released in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Hill said Drury Inn representatives "politely asked if (he) could switch hotels." He is staying at another Fairview Heights hotel.
Hill is scheduled for three appearances at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club, 5420 Bunkum Road in Washington Park, where he is showcasing his artwork and meeting with fans from 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Wednesday.
Hill said he is touring to help pay for tuition for his 20-year-old son at a college in Tallahassee, Fla.
Hill's involvement with the Lucchese family and his role as an FBI informant was documented in his book "Wiseguy," which led to the "Goodfellas" movie. Actor Ray Liotta played Hill in the 1990 film.



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