Salvatore Perrone, the man charged with with three counts of murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the murders of three shopkeepers pleaded not guilty on Thursday.
As more details emerge of his mental health, motive becomes more difficult to find.
Perrone, who is divorced, often spent time at Natasha Charova’s place, his girlfriend. Chernova’s neighbor Ben Elchonen said Perrone was a wannabe tough guy.
“He was the kind of guy who you could tell had watched ‘The Godfather’ too many times,” said Ben Elchonen to the Chicago Tribune.
The New York Daily News writes that a source close to the investigation reported that Perrone told interrogating officers that he works for the CIA.
Perrone is in protective custody on Rikers Island and his court date is set for Monday.