Alleged members of the Queens-based Bonnano mafia, including the grandson of “Teflon Don” John Gotti, were indicted on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced.
Vincent Asaro, 82, John J. Gotti, 23, Michael Guidici, 22, Matthew "Fat Matt" Rullan, 26, Christopher "Bald Chris" Boothby, 37, Matthew "Mack" Hattley, 26, and Darren Elliott, 30, are facing charges for multiple crimes, including arson, bank robbery and home invasion.
The main charges stem from a 2012 arson. The government alleges that Asaro hired an associate to exact revenge for a road rage incident after a motorist switched lanes in front of Asaro at a traffic light in Howard Beach. Asaro chased the vehicle, according to court documents.
After finding out where the motorist lived, Asaro ordered his associate, who recruited Gotti and Rullan, to firebomb the car.
Asaro drove to the body shop where the burned vehicle had been towed to confirm the job had been done, according to the indictment.
“A man well-known in organized crime circles allegedly got cut off in traffic, and exacted his revenge by sending his associates to allegedly torch the victim’s car,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said. “The FBI refuses to allow acts like arson, bank robbery and home invasions to be conducted as business as usual, as if it is just another day in the office.”
Gotti is the grandson of "Teflon Don" John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino crime family until his conviction in 1992. The younger Gotti pleaded guilty earlier this year to selling oxycodone in Howard Beach and Ozone Park and was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Asaro, a member of the Bonnano crime family for 30 years, held the rank of captain. He was previously implicated and acquitted on all charges connected to the 1978 Lufthansa heist at JFK airport, at the time, the largest cash robbery in United States history, Patch reported.