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Mummer, daughter arrested, charged for Queen Village attack

A well-known Mummer and his daughter were arrested over the weekend for their alleged participation in an Oct. 25 Queen Village attack, in which a man was shot in the leg and beat with a baseball bat.

Carmen "Butchie" D’Amato, 62, and his daughter, 36-year-old Rita D’Amato, both of the 900 block of South Front Street, surrendered to police shortly after a warrant was issued for their arrest on Halloween night.

Carmen, a Hall-of-fame Mummer with the South Philly Vikings, approached an unidentified 36-year-old man at the corner of 2nd and Carpenter Streets accompanied by his daughter around 3 a.m. on last week, police said.

The father was allegedly carrying a gun and his daughter a baseball bat.

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After a brief conversation, police said, Rita swung the bat at the man and hit him in his upper body. The man ran, and amid a foot chase Carmen allegedly fired several shots, one of which struck the man in the left leg.

According to Philly.com, the pair suspected the man was breaking into their car.

The man was treated for a broken leg at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Carmen was inducted in the Mummers' Fancy Brigades Hall of Fame in 2006.

Among the charges, Carmen was charged with illegally carrying a gun and Rita was charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence for allegedly tampering with home security footage, according to Philly.com.

Carmen served four years in federal prison for tax fraud in the late 1980s, according to the news website.

 
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