Sunday, January 26, 2014

Reputed mobster pleads not guilty in 1978 heist



In this artist's rendering, Jerome Asaro, far left, Jack Bonventre, second from left, defense attorney Charles Hochbaum, third from left, John "Bazoo" Ragano, fifth from left, Vincent Asaro, third from right, and defense attorney Gerald McMahon, right, stand before the judge during an arraignment at federal court, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Federal prosecutors issued a wide-ranging indictment against five defendants, alleging murder, robbery, extortion, arson and bookmaking. One of them, Vincent Asaro, of Howard Beach in Queens, was accused of participating in the Dec. 11, 1978, heist — one of the largest cash thefts in American history. (AP Photo)




The arraignment of Vincent Asaro and his co-defendants took minutes. There was no bail argument and the next court date was set. The grouping of the figures can prove a nightmare for captions especially with the 3 FBI agents in the background
 their shields somewhat visible. 
There were 4 defendants, 3 lawyers and 3 FBI agents in the picture.

Here is the link to the FBI press release


Below is an article from the New York Times about the case from 1980









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