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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Plane ticket, phone records seized in homicide probe

Cell phone records and a plane ticket could be key pieces of evidence as Danbury police hunt for the person or people who killed 43-year-old Mario Imbesi in his Farview Avenue apartment last month.
Search warrant returns unsealed in state Superior Court earlier this week revealed that police recovered four cell phones, an airplane boarding pass and a suitcase filled with travel items from Imbesi's apartment and car in the days immediately after his body was discovered on March 16.
Danbury police again refused to comment on the case Wednesday.
"At this time I am unable to comment on this open criminal case," police spokesman Capt. Thomas Wendel wrote in an email to The News-Times.
Three of the phones, along with the suitcase with a JetBlue name tag, were in Imbesi's 2010 gray Honda, which was parked in the lot behind the Farview Terrace condominium where neighbors said he'd lived for the past three years. A fourth phone, and a JetBlue boarding pass in his name, were found in the apartment, which also contained two land line telephones and an answering machine.
Also in the car, court documents indicate, was an index card with the address of an apartment in Boynton Beach, Fla., about 20 minutes away from West Palm Beach, where JetBlue flies to from New York -- a possible indication that Imbesi may have recently returned from a trip.
An autopsy determined that Imbesi, who was peripherally involved in a high-profile organized crime contract murder killing in Springfield, Mass. in 2007, was killed by a blow to the left side of his head.
One law enforcement source, who asked not to be named because the investigation is still ongoing, said that the killing does not appear to be connected to his previous grand jury testimony.
Imbesi was a plant manager at ATP, a Bethel-based printed tape manufacturing company.
His body was discovered when a co-worker, who was concerned because Imbesi hadn't shown up for work, went to the complex, got the manager to open the door and found him face down on the floor, according to the search warrant for the apartment.
Imbesi was holding a set of keys in his right hand, the warrant said, but police would not say whether that was an indication he may have been attacked as he entered the apartment.
The narrative portion of the two warrants contained few other details about the crime that had not been previously been made public. The detectives who prepared them noted that no weapon had been discovered, but among the numerous items seized as possible evidence were a hammer and a broken lamp with a red stain on it.
The stained lamp has been sent to a lab for analysis.
Police also recovered $261 in cash according to the warrant, along with a bottle of Oxycodone and an assortment of other unidentified pills from the medicine cabinet and other locations.
Also in the apartment, the warrant said, was an FBI agent's card.
Imbesi testified before a grand jury called for the Adolfo "Big Al" Bruno murder-for-hire case, court documents show.
In the 2007 trial, former mob hit man turned government informant Frankie Roche -- one of Bruno's former lieutenants -- was found guilty of killing the Genovese crime family capo. He is currently serving a life sentence.
Federal prosecutors argued that at Geas' behest, Roche pumped several rounds into Bruno, the Genovese capo, on a Springfield street in 2003. Court documents show that a rift had developed between the two men after Roche trashed a Springfield bar, drawing Bruno's ire.
Imbesi, in his grand jury testimony, spelled out Roche's defiance.
"Frank's attitude at the time was, you know, he was above and beyond everybody else," Imbessi told the grand jury. "So he said: `He's looking for me? OK, so I went and found (Bruno)."


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