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NYPD Sketch Artist Got It Very Wrong on Brooklyn Serial Killer

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on November 26, 2012

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly wants to know why President Obama is so silent on gun violence in Chicago. “Maybe the city most affected (by guns) is Chicago,” Kelly said, according to the New York Daily News. “The president’s hometown, but barely a peep out of him.”

But Kelly has some major issues on his end to which he must own up. Stop & Frisk aside, how will the NYPD handle the fact that it released this sketch (below, right) of a suspect who killed three Brooklyn store owners, only to arrest a man who looked nothing like the Stock Photo: Black Criminal?


Samsonite … I was way off!

The man on the left is Salvatore Perrone, a door-to-door salesman who was charged as the quasi-serial killer who gunned down three Middle Eastern shopkeepers in Brooklyn. The man on the right is the … wait, what?

So how’d they catch the guy? The New York Post explains:

The killing spree started in July, when Mohamed Gebeli, 65, was found dead in his Bay Ridge clothing shop. Isaac Kadare, 59, was found shot to death in his 99-cent store in Bensonhurst just over a month later.

All three were shot with the same .22-caliber weapon, police said.

Perrone — whom cops dubbed “John Doe Duffel Bag” after the luggage he was seen toting in surveillance footage near the scene of last Friday’s murder — was busted after a Bay Ridge pharmacy employee recognized him as a regular, law-enforcement sources said.

The footage marked a break in the case for investigators.

“He went to the wrong place. He stuck out on the video,” a law-enforcement source said, noting Perrone was one of the few white people caught on camera.

Perrone confessed to the murders only after talking to someone he thought was a CIA agent, law-enforcement sources said.

Well, congrats to the NYPD for getting their man. But, boy(o), Ray Kelly, you’ve got some serious explaining to do ont his one.

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