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Source: Franconia Township Police Dept.

The bizarre odyssey of Salvatore Perrone, the man implicated in the shooting deaths of three Brooklyn shopkeepers, keeps getting stranger. When Perrone was arrested last November, he had wearily confessed to two of the slayings before falling asleep in police custody. Now, standing before Judge Alan Marrus at an appearance in Brooklyn Supreme Court, Perrone is claiming that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has been suppressing evidence that would clear him of all the slayings, according to a report by the Home Reporter News.

In court, Perrone made a statement against the advice of his attorney. He suggested that it was impossible for him to be the killer because during the time of one of the murders he had been riding the subway to another part of Brooklyn. Perrone believes there is video evidence that backs up his story.

“The office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charlie Hynes either has directly or indirectly suppressed my alibi,” Perrone said. “The video is most crucial. [It shows me] enter the Parkside Avenue train station at the Q line at 6 p.m. and not exit. This makes it physically impossible to be at the scene of the crime on Flatbush Avenue at 7:17 p.m. [on November 16].”

Perrone then requested a subpoena to the judge. “I need one video to show where I was. I was not at the scene of the crime,” Perrone contended. “I was in Flatbush for a couple of hours that afternoon.”

Perrone also contended that he had alibis for the other murders as well, seemingly reversing the confessions he gave to the NYPD while claiming that his representation was less than satisfactory.

“I can’t be in two places at once. I am making a plea to the legal community for competent counsel. I have an alibi for each and every crime that took place,” he said.

Perrone was also nearly held in contempt of court when he refused to give a sample of his DNA after agreeing to supply it readily. Perrone told the judge that he’d be willing to trade his DNA sample once evidence of his alibi had been produced. The judge refused to bend to Perrone’s demand and the alleged killer eventually complied to the order.

Results from the DNA testing will take approximately six months, while Perrone’s next appearance is set for June 28.

Perrone is accused of killing Mohamed Gebeli in Gebeli’s store, Valentino’s Fashion, in Bay Ridge on July 6; Isaac Kadare in his  Bensonhurst shop, Amazing 99 Cent Deals and Up, on August 2; and Rahmatollah Vahidipour in his business, She She Boutique in Flatbush, on November 16.

Police have shifted their focus from the man in the sunglasses, a sketch released earlier, to the man carrying the duffel bag in a surveillance video taken at the scene of the crime.

According to an ABC article, they may have taken someone who fits the description into custody early Tuesday afternoon.

It isn’t clear yet what, if anything, the man in this surveillance video has to do with the shopkeeper serial killer. Sources for the Post state that the same man was captured on tape in Bensonhurst, close to the site where Isaac Kadare was murdered.

Though Kelly is quick to shoot down the claim.

“That’s not the case,” he said.

Instead, Kelly pointed out that the covering of the victims’ faces with an aluminum tray, cardboard or clothing may be a significant detail.

Also, police have ruled out the man with the sunglasses, stating that he had nothing to do with the slayings, according to a New York Post article.

“That was a sketch that surfaced with one of the previous murders, it is no longer relevant,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. “That individual washed out again. That individual was somebody we wanted to talk to, who may have been in the area. He’s not a subject, he’s a person we simply wanted to speak to.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Senator Martin Golden and Councilman David Greenfield increased the reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the man wanted for the three shopkeeper murders. It’s now $40,000.

The more recent of the three shootings occurred last Friday. Rahmatolla Vahidipour, a Jewish 78-year-old grandfather of nine was murdered inside of his Flatbush Avenue store, She She Boutique.

“Our police department and community will not rest until this killer is brought to justice. We won’t allow an individual to terrorize our neighborhoods and leave business owners fearing for their lives. Someone out there has information about these cold-blooded crimes, and hopefully this reward money will motivate them to do the right thing. Anybody who noticed unusual or suspicious activity in the vicinity of any of these three shootings is urged to immediately contact the police,” said Greenfield in a press release.

Local politicians including Greenfield, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Councilman Mathieu Eugene held a meeting with the NYPD to discuss progress and strategy to capture the killer.

“I remain deeply troubled by these senseless acts of violence,” wrote Gentile in a statement. “We as residents must always remain vigilant but as the representative for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst, I refuse to let my neighborhoods live in fear.”

Surveillance footage from a store near the scene has narrowed the police investigation to a person of interest they’re calling “Jon Doe Duffel Bag.”

As a means of precaution, store clerks are asked to avoid being alone in the shop after dark if possible. Instead, use a buddy system. Also, a video surveillance system might be a good idea since the killer has only targeted stores without surveillance.

Anyone with information is urged to immediately contact the NYPD at (800) 577-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

The serial killer who murdered two shopkeepers earlier this year has senselessly gunned down a third.

Rahmatolla Vahidipour is the latest victim. He was found shot inside of his Flatbush store on Friday evening. Police have linked the .22 caliber gun used in the previous murders to the shell casings found on Friday.

“Now it’s like he’s telling us, ‘It’s me again,’ ” a police source said to the New York Daily News.

The killer took the life of Mohammed Gebeli on July 6 in his Bay Ridge store, Valentino Fashion Inc. Then on August 2, he murdered Isaac Kadare in his Bensonhurst store, Amazing 99 Cent Deals.

Police are floating around several theories as to motive of the killer. Vahidipour was a devout Jewish man originally from Iran. Gebeli was a Muslim man hailing from Egypt and Kadare was Jewish from Egypt as well.

All three were of Middle Eastern descent.

“I hope he’s not targeting owners because they’re Jewish or from the Middle East because that’s becoming personal,” said Norman Mann, a Middle Eastern owner of a Flatbush Avenue store.

Investigators think that the killer entered the store right before closing time and shot Vahidipour in the head and chest. Then, he dragged the store owner’s body to the back of the shop and threw clothing on it to cover it up.

“I hope they catch the son of a bitch,” said Gebeli’s son, Mourad, who now runs his father’s Bay Ridge store.

Vahidipour’s family is devastated. The grandfather of nine was supposed to head over to his grandson’s bar mitzvah over the weekend.

“We are miserable,” said his daughter Yasmin Vahidipour at the family’s home in Great Neck, Long Island. “He was kind. He was loyal. He was the best father. He was the best (husband) that ever lived.”

Another theory police are investigating is a theory based on the addresses of the stores and a numerology link. Kadare’s store was at 1877 86th Street, Gebeli’s store was located at 7718 Fifth Avenue and Vahidipour’s She She Boutique was at 834 Flatbush Avenue. The address for each crime scene features the number 8.

Robbery is not considered a motive as money was taken from Gebeli and Kadare, but not Vahidipour.

Police are hunting for the killer, who is about 5-feet-5 and 140 pounds. They are offering a $12,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction of the killer.