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January 27, 2021
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Pizza Stabbing Update

By Lisa M. Collins

It was the stabbing seen and heard around the world, with pictures of blood and a large knife on the sidewalk, on Smith Street, in Carroll Gardens, in midday. But according to a defense attorney, there are no witnesses to the bloody event. And so the charges may get dropped.

Neither famous pizza chef Mark Iacono of Lucali, on Henry Street, nor Benny Geritano, a Carroll Gardens resident on federal parole for a robbery case, is talking. And with no other witnesses having come forward (that we know of), there is no case.

Or such was the argument of Geritano’s attorney, Dumbo criminal lawyer Steven Kartagener, who appeared this week in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Without witness testimony, he said, the case will “die on the vine.”

The knife-fight took place May 16 across the street from PS 58, at around 2:30 p.m. The case is before a grand jury, so the District Attorney’s office cannot discuss it.

The incident landed Iacono in the hospital (he has been released and is recuperating), and sent Geritano to Long Island College Hospital with some bloody wounds of his own.

Meanwhile, Lucali reopened shortly after the incident and is closed only on Monday and Tuesday. Jay Z and Beyonce were spotted in there on Mother’s Day, enjoying their weekly Lucali fix.

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