Son of Sal: “Charlie Hynes suppressed my alibi”

April 12, 2013 Denise Romano
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Son of Sal has spoken.

At his first court appearance since he was arrested, Salvatore Perrone, or “Son of Sal,” who is accused of murdering three Brooklyn shopkeepers inside their stores, told the judge that the Brooklyn district attorney is purposely withholding an MTA surveillance video that would clear his name.

Perrone’s first alleged victim was Mohamed Gebeli, who was shot in the neck in his store, Valentino’s Fashion, in Bay Ridge on July 6. Isaac Kadare was shot in his shop, Amazing 99 Cent Deals and Up, in Bensonhurst, on August 2.  The final victim, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, was gunned down in his Flatbush business, She She Boutique, on November 16.

All men had family-owned and operated businesses, and were shot just before closing time, with the same .22 caliber gun.

The Gebeli, Kadare and Vahidipour families were present in Brooklyn Supreme Court on April 12 for the hearing. They quietly listened to the court proceedings but some did break down in tears after the session was over.

Perrone, dressed in a beige shirt and blue pants, and wearing black-rimmed glasses and his signature mustache, gave a statement to Judge Alan Marrus, despite his court-appointed attorney William Martin’s advice.

“The office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charlie Hynes either has directly or indirectly suppressed my alibi,” Perrone said. “The video is most crucial. [It shows me] enter the Parkside Avenue train station at the Q line at 6 p.m. and not exit. This makes it physically impossible to be at the scene of the crime on Flatbush Avenue at 7:17 p.m. [on November 16].”

Perrone then requested a subpoena to the judge. “I need one video to show where I was. I was not at the scene of the crime,” Perrone contended. “I was in Flatbush for a couple of hours that afternoon.”

“We are getting into facts that may be used against you,” Marrus warned.

But Perrone boldly shot back, “I can’t be in two places at once. I am making a plea to the legal community for competent counsel. I have an alibi for each and every crime that took place.”

Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal presented the defense with a box of 127 surveillance videos obtained by the Police Department, as well as the full crime scene paperwork from the first and second murders, and part of the paperwork for the third murder.

Perrone complied with orders to give his cell phone password so police can review any possible evidence.

“Six-three-seven-six is my password. I have nothing to hide,” Perrone said boldly.

Marrus ordered a DNA test for Perrone in order to complete forensic testing. At first, Perrone agreed to have his cheek swabbed. But after the court was adjourned he refused, saying he would only comply if the MTA surveillance video he wants to see was presented.

“When you agreed to the DNA swab, you didn’t mention that condition. I have already ordered it,” Marrus explained when he recalled the case. “I don’t know if or when the video will surface. [But if you don’t comply] you are in violation of my order and I will hold you in contempt of court.”

At that point, Perrone turned around and angrily yelled to an officer that he kept referring to as Detective Auro, “Why didn’t you get video from the train station?”

Perrone eventually had his cheek swabbed.

Marrus said that the DNA testing would take at least six months to complete, but requested that it be given priority. “This case certainly ranks up there,” he said.

Perrone’s next court appearance is June 28.

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