NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 35 years after the 1978 Lufthansa heist at John F. Kennedy International Airport, an alleged member of the Bonanno crime family has been charged in the case.
Vincent Asaro, 78, of Howard Beach, Queens, is an alleged captain in the Bonanno crime family. As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Thursday evening, Asaro was arrested on charges of murder, racketeering, extortion, arson, robbery and other charges, authorities said.
Court papers revealed four informants from three different crime families pointed to Asaro’s involvement in the heist, 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported.
But Asaro’s attorney maintained that his client had nothing to do with the heist.
“He got rousted out of bed this morning at 6 o’clock for something he didn’t do,” said attorney Gerald McMahon.
The indictment also charges the four associates with other violent crimes, including murder, arson, and extortion. The associates include Thomas DiFiore; Asaro’s son, Jerome Asaro; Jack Bonventre; and John “Bazoo” Ragano. The associates were also rounded up Thursday morning.