A third man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the stabbing death of a 26-year-old Connecticut man whose body was found in a suitcase in New Jersey last month.
Max Gemma, 29, turned himself in to police and now faces charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence, according to authorities.
James Rackover, surrogate son of jeweler-to-the-stars Jeffrey Rackover, and Lawrence Dilione were indicted in November, but neither have been charged with murder as police investigate their roles in the brutal killing of Joseph Comunale. Authorities said the murder took place in Rackover’s Midtown luxury apartment in the Grand Sutton tower on East 59th Street near First Avenue.
Gemma’s involvement in the crime was still not clear. He is a resident of Oceanport, New Jersey, where the body of Comunale was found in a suitcase and buried in a shallow grave.
Gemma’s bail was set at $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond and his next court date is Jan. 17, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
3rd arrest in connection w/ murder of Stamford man on East Side; Max Gemma (seated) charged w/ hindering prosecution & tampering w/ evidence pic.twitter.com/uWzFoWjIyH— Andrea Grymes (@AndreaGrymesTV) December 6, 2016