Police say Joseph Ferraro attacked a man with a mallet before extorting his father. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)Police say Joseph Ferraro attacked a man with a mallet before extorting his father. (Credit: Suffolk County Police)
NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man has been accused of attacking an acquaintance and extorting money from the victim’s father.
Joseph Ferraro attacked first, and then threatened, according to authorities.
It began when Ferraro broke into the Bohemia home of an acquaintance, and struck him in the head with a mallet, according to authorities. As the victim was being taken to the hospital, Ferraro allegedly called his father and threatened him.
Ferraro allegedly told the victim’s father that he would further harm his son if he did not comply with his demand for a large amount of cash, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.
The father withdrew the cash from the ATM and drove to Ferraro’s Brentwood home to deliver the money.
“It’s highly unusual to have someone commit an assault in a residence and during the assault request cash from a relative,” Sgt. Timothy Gozaloff, Suffolk County Police, said.
The victim did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Ferraro faces burglary and extortion charges.