Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mob Soldier Charged In "Dumb" Gangland Hit

Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia has been covering the federal organized crime trial in Philadelphia for

Mob soldier Anthony Nicodemo has been charged with first-degree murder in a gangland shooting that one police investigator called the "dumbest" mob hit he has ever seen.

A former federal prosecutor agreed, calling the broad daylight slaying of Gino DiPietro Wednesday afternoon "amateurish" but indicative of what the Philadelphia crime family has become.

Nicodemo, 41, was taken in to custody less than 30 minutes after the shooting. Witnesses had spotted him fleeing the scene in an SUV and gave authorities the license tag number. The vehicle was registered in Nicodemo's name and listed at his address, a few blocks from where DiPietro was gunned down.

The married father of two young children was arrested at that home without incident. He was charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons charges Thursday afternoon after a ballistic test linked a gun found in his car with a bullet fragment from the murder scene. Police also found gloves and a ski mask in the vehicle, a black Honda Pilot, according to an investigative source.Using a car registered in your own name to carry out a mob hit is considered an underworld blunder of the highest order. Usually a stolen vehicle or an untraceable "junker" is used and then quickly abandoned.

Getting rid of the murder weapon -- in this case a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum -- is also paramount.

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