Two More Suspects Arrested in Shooting Of Cops
NEW YORK (AP) _ Two more men were arrested Thursday in the fatal shooting of a police detective and the wounding of his partner during their surveillance of a reputed organized-crime figure.
Arrested but not charged immediately were Steven Maltese, 52, and Carmine Gualtieri, 55, said police spokesman Sgt. Ed. LeSchack.
The other person arrested, Frederico Mandfredi Giovanelli, 53, described by police as a member of the Genovese crime family, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of murder and attempted murder and held without bail.
Asked if Maltese and Gualtieri also were members of the Genovese family, LeSchack said, ″Police aren’t describing them as anything yet.″
Detective Anthony Venditti, 34, and Detective Kathleen Burke, 42, were in plainclothes and an unmarked car as they followed Giovanelli on Tuesday, according to police.
Venditti was killed and Mrs. Burke was wounded in a shootout that night with three men in front of a diner in Queens.
Mrs. Burke was in satisfactory condition Thursday with an upper chest wound, according to Bill Allen, administrator on duty at Bellevue Hospital.
The Detectives Endowment Association and a group called Citizens Outraged at Police Shootings each put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Venditti’s slayers.
Giovanelli was charged with second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault on a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon.