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Friday, August 21, 2009

Man Charged With Witness Intimidation For Allegedly Playing The John Gotti Card

The victim of an aggravated assault was intimidated by a suspect's father as he recovered from traumatic head injuries at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, according to court papers.

Luigi Scotto-DiCarlo, 55, of Allentown, phoned Marcelo Columba from the lobby at St. Luke's Hospital and told him that following through with the prosecution of his son -- Salavtore Scotto-DiCarlo was charged for his alleged part in beating Columba Tuesday -- would be a mistake, police allege.

Columba was at the hospital in the intensive care unit recovering from fractures to his jaw, orbital bones, and other injuries sustained when two men attacked and beat him with a baseball bat in his apartment in the 200 block of West Fairview Street.

A witness told police that an unidentified man struck Columba in the head with a wooden bat until it splintered.

Scotto-DiCarlo allegedly told Columba that he was "Luie from New Jersey" and was connected to now deceased mafia kingpin John Gotti.

Police said video surveillance from St. Luke's places both Luigi and Salavtore Scotto-DiCarlo in the lobby at the time of the alleged phone call. Luigi is seen using the lobby telephone to place a call, according to court papers.

Scotto-DiCarlo was charged with intimidation of a witness and sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bail. His son remains free on $20,000 unsecured bail.

Police are still investigating the alleged beating and trying to identify the unknown assailant.


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