Mugger Robs Mother Of Reputed Crime BossAP , Associated Press
Jul. 22, 1996 11:27 AM ET
NEW YORK (AP) _ The man arrested after a mugging was stunned when police told him who the victim was: the 94-year-old mother of reputed mob boss Vincent ``The Chin'' Gigante.
Police Lt. Robert McKenna said he told Willie King: ``You just robbed the mother of the biggest mob chieftains in New York.''
``When the perp heard that, he just slumped down into the back seat of the radio car. He had a sort of stunned, resigned look on his face, sort of saying, `How could I be so stupid?''' McKenna told the New York Post.
Prosecutors allege that Gigante, known for walking the streets while dressed in a bathrobe, runs the Genovese crime family, the nation's most powerful, while feigning mental illness to avoid prosecution on charges of murder and racketeering.
Police said his mother, Yolanda Gigante, was targeted Sunday as she walked near her home in Greenwich Village on the arm of her other son, the Rev. Louis Gigante, a Roman Catholic priest.
The attacker snatched her wallet, reportedly containing $90, and Louis Gigante gave chase but couldn't catch the man, newspapers said.
A passer-by who saw the attack stopped police and they arrested King a few blocks over, said Detective Mark Patterson. King, 37, was charged with grand larceny, Patterson said.
The murder and racketeering charges against Vincent Gigante are pending. A federal judge has ordered a re-evaluation by psychiatrists who testified that he was mentally incompetent to face trial.