Staten Island Man Charged With Killing Three Shopkeepers

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Salvatore Perrone, center, the man NYPD called "John Doe Duffel Bag", is escorted to a waiting car by NYPD Detectives at the 67th Precint in Brooklyn, New York, Wednesday November 21, 2012. Photo: Hayden Roger Celestin
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Nov. 22, 2012: A 64-year-old Staten Island man will spend his birthday today behind bars after being charged Wednesday in the chilling serial killings of three Brooklyn shopkeepers.

Salvatore Perrone, a door-to-door salesman dubbed “John Doe Duffel Bag,” by police in New York, confessed to two of the slayings, police said. The first victim was Mohamed Gebeli, a Muslim from Egypt, who was shot in the neck on July 6 inside Valentino Fashion in Bay Ridge.

The second victim was killed a month later, on Aug. 2.Isaac Kadare, a Jewish man from Egypt was killed at Amazing 99 Cent Deal in Bensonhurst.

On Nov. 16, the third victim, Rahmatollah Vahidipour, an Iranian, was shot three times in the head at She She Boutique on Flatbush Ave. with the same gun used to kill Kadare.

Witnesses identified Perrone as the man who had approached another shopkeeper in the neighborhood, in what police say was an aborted attempt to kill a fourth time.

He, however, did not reveal a motive for the killings. Cops said a .22-caliber sawed off rifle found in his duffel bag at his girlfriend’s Midwood home was used in all the homicides. He faces three counts of first and second degree murder. All three victims were Middle Eastern men who were killed as they closed their stores alone, and in each case the suspect covered the victim’s head with clothing or boxes.

Perrone has prior arrests in Pennsylvania for burglary, harassment and stalking.