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Violent mugging of 63-year-old woman caught on camera

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A 63-year-old woman was brutally assaulted by two men for her purse inside an apartment building in the Bronx, according to the NYPD.

Surveillance camera video shows the 63-year-old woman fighting off a man as he places his hand over her mouth. He then throws her to the floor before using a knife to cut off her purse. The other attacker rips a bag out of her hands. Fox New York reported.

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The violent robbery occurred at 1025 Leggett Ave. in the Woodstock section of the borough on April 29, 2018.

The men made off with $200 in cash and a debit card, said police.



They were last seen heading north on Southern Boulevard.

The NYPD is searching for the robbers. Both are described as black and in their 40s. The first assailant was wearing a dark colored baseball cap, a light blue jacket, a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark colored pants and black sneakers.

The other man was wearing a dark-colored cap, a beige jacket, dark colored jeans and black shoes.

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Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or online at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential, according to the NYPD.

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Four New York men get prison for two bank burglaries

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Four New York men, Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio, assisted by Christopher Kerrigan stole more than $20 million in cash, jewelry, collectibles, and other valuables from the bank's vaults and safe deposit boxes.

Four New York men, Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio, assisted by Christopher Kerrigan stole more than $20 million in cash, jewelry, collectibles, and other valuables from the bank’s vaults and safe deposit boxes.

In April and May 2016, Mazzara, Kerrigan, Mascuzzio, and Kerrigan formed a gang that burglarized banks in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, by cutting into the bank’s vaults and the safe deposit boxes inside. According to U.S. Attorney’s Office.



The gang burglarized an HSBC Bank branch in Brooklyn from about April 8 through April 10, 2016, and burglarized a Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch in Queens, New York, from about May 19 to May 22, 2016.

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On both occasions, the New York men used acetylene blowtorches to cut into the top of the bank’s vaults from the roof of the building. At the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank branch, they shielded their activities from view by constructing a plywood shed on the roof of the bank.

The burglars then entered the vaults from above and took cash belonging to the bank and broke open customers safe deposit boxes, stealing the valuables inside. In total, the gang obtained more than $600,000 in cash and more than $20 million in valuables from the safe deposit boxes from both banks.

Surveillance footage captured some of the burglar’s activities as they prepared for and executed the burglaries. Financial records and video surveillance also showed Mazzara and Mascuzzio purchasing some of the supplies that appear to have been used in the Maspeth bank burglary.

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During the investigation of the burglaries, the FBI and NYPD executed multiple search warrants at locations in Brooklyn, Long Island, and Pennsylvania, and seized items that had been taken from safe deposit boxes during the burglaries. Also, as part of their plea agreements, Mazzara and Mascuzzio returned other stolen items from the safe deposit boxes. In total, more than 200 items that were stolen from safe deposit boxes, including religious artifacts, jewelry, and collectibles have been recovered as a result of this investigation.



Michael Mazzara, 46, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by a judge on April 13, 2018, to a total term of 135 months in federal prison.

In addition to the burglaries, Charles Kerrigan, 42, of Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to one count of witness retaliation while on pre-trial release, in connection with his assault of an individual who he believed had provided information regarding the burglaries to the FBI and NYPD. Kerrigan was sentenced by a judge on April 11, 2018, to a total term of 200 months in federal prison.

Anthony Mascuzzio, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced by a judge on May 4, 2018, to a total term of 84 months in federal prison, and three years of supervised release.

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Christopher Kerrigan, 41, of Staten Island, New York, was sentenced by a judge on March 30, 2018, to a total term of 90 months in federal prison.



In addition to the prison terms, a federal judge also ordered that the four New York men forfeit more than $20 million. The judge has adjourned the entry of an order of restitution to the victims of the burglaries until June 28, 2018, so that a final determination of the victim’s losses can be made.

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East Bay celebrity chef admits robbing Citibank

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A 54-year-old celebrity chef in the East Bay is behind bars because he stands accused of robbing a Citibank in Orinda, Bay Area earlier this week.

A 54-year-old celebrity chef in the East Bay is behind bars because he stands accused of robbing a Citibank in Orinda, Bay Area earlier this week.

Valentino Luchin talked with ABC7 Friday from inside the Martinez detention facility. In that interview, he admitted robbing a Citibank in Orinda around 11 a.m. Wednesday is saying, “I went inside and said good morning. Nobody move. This is a bank robbery.”

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Sitting in his yellow jail garb, the East Bay celebrity chef described his desperation after his acclaimed restaurant Ottavio in downtown Walnut Creek closed down in late 2016, and he became unemployed. “We’ve been struggling a lot financially, and I have a family. I feel bad. It wasn’t something I was planning or doing for a living,” he said.

He claims that Wednesday morning he decided to get money and went to the bank. “It was a fake gun, a BB gun,” he said. Luchin told the frightened teller “nothing is going to happen. Just put the money aside.”



Orinda Police Department Chief Mark Nagel said they responded to call at the bank describing a man holding a pistol or a firearm in a manner that was threatening. “The tellers complied and gave him the money. He fled the bank and entered a vehicle,” Nagel said.

Witness accounts and surveillance video-enabled police to get a license plate number on the dark older model Mercedes. After the robbery, Luchin said he drove back to his home in Lafayette. Police said he had over $15,000 in cash.

Officers followed Luchin as he drove away from his house and arrested him at an athletic club parking lot on Mt Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette just three hours after the heist.

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He faces robbery charges and is being held on $100,000 bail. Luchin asked ABC 7 to call his wife and ask her to post bail. She did not answer her cellphone.

Luchin said he wrote a letter of apology from jail addresses to the bank teller that says in part, “I’m sorry for the inconvenience to be in front of you with a handgun.”

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Five men arrested in Riverside robbery investigation

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Riverside police are seeking for a suspect believed to be involved in a robbery investigation, which led to the arrests of five people.

Riverside police are seeking for a suspect believed to be involved in a robbery investigation, which led to the arrests of five people.

Gregory Michael Lee, 20, of San Bernardino, and Nile Blackston-Jefferson, 20, of Riverside, were arrested for attempted carjacking, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Also, two juveniles, ages 15 and 17, were arrested for robbery and attempted robbery. ABC7 reported.

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It all started on March 25, 2018, when Riverside police officers responded to a call of a robbery in the area of Palm Avenue and Sierra Street, located in the Magnolia Center neighborhood of Riverside. The adult victims reported they were confronted by a group of men asking for money. One victim fled and escaped after a suspect reached for the victim’s pocket. The second victim was physically attacked and struck with a metal pipe before his property was forcibly taken from him. The suspects fled before the officers arriving.

During an investigation, it was learned one of the adult suspects had committed a separate attempted carjacking and robbery where a gun was alleged to have been used. Detectives also discovered a third battery and theft investigation with a juvenile victim linked to the same group of suspects.

On April 23, authorities served search warrants at two locations, along with a probation search at a third one related to this investigation. Lee, Blackston-Jefferson and two juveniles were located and detained. Homemade weapons described by the victims were located during the searches. The weapons were metal pipes wrapped with tape, Riverside police stated in a press release, and the vehicle used in the crimes was also located and seized.

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A fifth suspect was arrested and charged with illegal possession of ammunition, not related to the robbery investigation.

Investigators released a surveillance photo of a suspect who they believe is involved in the robbery investigation. Anyone with information was urged to call (951) 353-7213 or email bstennett@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov.

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