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Wednesday
Nov212012

'John Doe Duffle Bag' Arrested in Connection to Three New York Murders

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The man known as "John Doe Duffel Bag" was arrested today in connection with the slayings of three shopkeepers of Middle Eastern descent in Brooklyn.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, was arrested following a long night of questioning by detectives.

Officials tell ABC News that Perrone has been charged with three counts of murders. He has made admissions to police in connection with committing two of the murders, but stopped talking before any discussion of the third, law enforcement sources said.

He had been brought into custody Tuesday evening when, acting on tips, police picked him up at a pharmacy he was known to frequent.

 

A search warrant was executed while he was being questioned and his duffel bag was seized and searched.

Inside it was a cutdown .22 caliber rifle whose ballistics matched those of the bullets that killed the three murder victims, a bloody knife, .22 caliber bullets, two other knives and women's stockings, law enforcement officials said.

All three slain men were killed by .22 caliber slugs and one was stabbed as well as shot.The murders took place in July, August and last Friday.

Perrone, a Staten Island resident has a rap sheet that includes stalking a former girlfriend and kicking in her door, burglary and driving while intoxicated on Staten Island.

The suspect had connections with the clothing business and possibly once had a clothing store, officials said. He reportedly carried merchandise in his duffel bag, law enforcement sources said.

Clothing or cardboard was used to cover the bodies of the murder victims, police have said.

The man was captured on video last Friday at 6 p.m. within a block and a half of the latest crime scene, a women's boutique on Flatbush Avenue. The latest victim, 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour, was killed sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:11 p.m. on Friday.

The second video, from Aug. 2, appeared to show "John Doe Duffel Bag" near the Bensonhurst shop where Isaac Kadare, a Jewish man from Egypt, was murdered with the same .22 caliber gun that was used to kill Vahidipour, sources told ABC News.

On July 6, clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli, an Egyptian Muslim, was killed inside Valentino Fashion in Bay Ridge. Gebeli was shot in the neck and was found with several pieces of clothing on top of him. Police said $383 in receipts was missing, but $1,500 was found inside a cabinet.

The trio of killings took place within a five-mile radius, each occurred at a small shop that lacked security cameras, and each victim was over 50, police said. It was not clear whether the victims were robbed.

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Wednesday
Nov212012

Gun Recovered from 'John Doe Duffel Bag' in Connection with NY Murders

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A sawed-off rifle and bloody knife were recovered as detectives continued to question "John Doe Duffel Bag" in connection with the slayings of three Middle Eastern Brooklyn, N.Y., shopkeepers, a police official told ABC News.

The Staten Island, N.Y., man in his 60s was taken into custody Tuesday night following tips to police from Brooklyn residents who recognized him in video recorded near two of three shopkeeper slayings in Brooklyn.

He has not as yet been charged with any crime.

According to officials, a Ruger 10-22 rifle with a sawed-off stock and an improvised combination laser/light attached to its barrel was found Wednesday in a duffel bag belonging to the individual dubbed "John Doe Duffel Bag" by police.

An official said that the weapon uses .22 ammunition consistent with ballistics found at each of the three separate crime scenes where three proprietors were shot and killed at close range in July, August and this past Friday.

The bag also contained .22 caliber ammunition, two knives, "one of which appeared to have blood on it," along with black gloves and women's stockings, the official told ABC News.

The man taken into custody had connections with the clothing business -- and possibly once had a clothing store -- and reportedly carried merchandise in his duffel bag, law enforcement sources said.

Clothing was used to cover the bodies of the murder victims, police have said.

Detectives are still talking to the individual who was captured on video Friday at 6:00 p.m. within a block and a half of the latest crime scene -- a women's boutique on Flatbush Avenue.  The latest victim, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, 78, was killed sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:11 p.m. on Friday.

The second video, from Aug. 2, appeared to show "John Doe Duffel Bag" near the Bensonhurst shop where Isaac Kadare was murdered with the same .22 caliber gun that was used to kill Vahidipour, sources told ABC News.

On July 6, clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli, an Egyptian Muslim, was killed inside Valentino Fashion in Bay Ridge.  Gebeli was shot in the neck and was found with several pieces of clothing on top of him.  Police said $383 in receipts was missing, but $1,500 was found inside a cabinet.

The trio of killings took place within a five-mile radius, each occurred at a small shop that lacked security cameras, and each victim was over 50, police said.  It was not clear whether the victims were robbed.

Rewards of $22,000 in each of the homicides are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the crimes.

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Tuesday
Nov202012

'John Doe Duffle Bag' in Custody in Connection with New York City Murders

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A Staten Island, N.Y., man in his 60s, dubbed "John Doe Duffel Bag," was picked up by police for questioning in connection with a series of shopkeeper slayings, ABC News has learned, following tips to police from residents who recognized him in video recorded near two of three shopkeeper slayings.

He had been sought in connection with the murders of three Brooklyn, N.Y., shopkeepers -- all of whom were of Middle Eastern descent -- senior police officials said.

Officials stressed that the man was not under arrest and was not being called a suspect.

However, he had connections with the clothing business -- and possibly once had a clothing store -- and reportedly carried merchandise in his duffel bag, law enforcement sources said.

Clothing was used to cover the bodies of the murder victims, police have said.

Police picked up the man Tuesday evening near 80th Street and Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, following a tip, according to ABC News sources.

Earlier on Tuesday, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that he had hoped the man would come forward.

"So we can talk about the circumstances going on in the immediate area at that time," Kelly said, referring to the most recent slaying.  New York police had said they wanted to question the man after surveillance tape appeared to place him in the vicinity of two of the murders.

The middle-aged white man was spotted on cameras around 6 p.m. near the She She boutique in the Flatbush neighborhood, where 78-year-old Rahmatollah Vahidipour was found dead at 7:11 p.m. Friday.  Police said he is likely the person captured on fuzzier video from near the site of the second of the three slayings.

The second video, from Aug. 2, appeared to show "John Doe Duffel Bag" near the Bensonhurst shop where Isaac Kadare was murdered with the same .22 caliber gun that was used to kill Vahidipour, sources told ABC News.

The trio of killings took place within a five-mile radius, each occurred at a small shop that lacked security cameras, and each victim was over 50, police said.  It was not clear whether the victims were robbed.

Shell casings from the gun used in Vahidipour's murder match the casings found at two other murders scenes this summer.

Kelly said that in each murder, the killer partially covered the victims with cardboard or clothing.

The FBI has complied with a NYPD request for a profiler to help identify who might have killed these three people.

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