NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Police arrested a man on assault charges Friday night in the stabbing of a well-known Brooklyn pizzeria owner.
Mark Iacono, owner of Lucali, had just finished eating lunch at Joe’s Superette Delicatessen on Smith Street when he was allegedly attacked with a knife around 2:30 p.m. by someone he had known since childhood.
Iacono, 43, and a man named locally as Benny Geritano had an earlier argument at a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reported. Numerous sources indicate that Geritano has a previous criminal record.
1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan with more details on the stabbing
Fareed Assad said he grew up with the men and knew them both.
“I mean I know his family, but I’m surprised that he would probably do this also because you would think…I don’t know. I really don’t know what to say,” Assad said.
Carroll Gardens resident Yehuda Gruenberg said Iacono was a “fixture in the neighborhood.”
“We see him out front of the store sweeping up. He’s very friendly, good guy. I think it’s a real blow to the community. It’s a great restaurant, but a real shame what happened.”
Iacono was rushed to Lutheran Hospital. A short time later, Geritano walked into Long Island College Hospital with a slash wound to the hand.