At his latest court appearance, Salvatore Perrone, also known as Son of Sal, asked Judge Alan Marrus to subpoena cell phone records with tower locations that he claimed would clear his name.
Perrone is accused of murdering three Brooklyn business owners in their family-owned shops, just before closing time. The first victim in the string of shopkeeper murders that Perrone is accused of perpetrating 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 were shot with the same .22 caliber, sawed-off rifle. Part of the rifle was recovered at Perrone’s home.
On Friday, September 27 in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal, who is prosecuting the case, gave the defense – in which Perrone is representing himself – all crime scene paperwork and photos, seven surveillance videos, phone records and a lab report from the first homicide, as well as tips from the fist homicide that did not go anywhere.
Carvajal said that the prosecution was still going through the majority of the video surveillance and still have to get a DNA report taken from the firearm. Marrus said that material for a trial would not likely be gathered by the end of the year.
During this April appearance, Perrone claimed that MTA surveillance videos would clear his name of the third murder and requested that footage be pulled from the Parkside Avenue and Avenue H subway stations along the Q line. He contended that video would show him exiting the station at the same time Vahidipour’s body was found.
Attorney Howard Kirsch, who is assigned to advise Perrone, told Marrus that the MTA sent a letter, stating that there were no cameras at the said stations. Marrus advised that Kirsch find out if the cameras were there at the date of the third crime.
Then Perrone charged that something else would get him out of prison – cell phone records of witnesses.
“I received from Sprint 40 pages of numbers without location data,” he said. “Forty-three pages without the location of cell phone towers means nothing. I’m requesting verbally subpoenas for phone records, including tower locations, of all the witnesses of the three crime scenes.”
“You have to name names in order for me to sign anything,” Marrus said. “If you want to try and subpoena the records yourself, you can pursue that with Mr. Kirsch. In law, what you are doing is called a fishing expedition. It’s not something I would sign a subpoena for.”
In between telling Marrus to “speak up,” Perrone went on to request subpoenas for the Kadare’s autopsy report; the Police Department’s “Wanted” poster of a white Hispanic male, circulated after Kadare was murdered and the name of the sketch artist, who employed him and the names of the witnesses who met with the artist.
Marrus said that Carvajal would get these things to him, without subpoenas and said that he would make an arrangement with wardens at the Brooklyn House of Detention to allow Perrone to view the material that he already has.
“But with all due respect, all this information without cell tower locations means nothing,” Perrone said. “I need cell tower locations to prove where I was. I have 20 phone calls spread over three incidents.”
“You have to start somewhere. Let’s start with that stuff,” Marrus told Perrone.
Perrone’s next appearance is scheduled for November 15.