Williamsburg Antique Shop Owner Threatened Neighbor with Power Saw, DA Says
WILLIAMSBURG — The notorious owner of a Graham Avenue antique store has been terrorizing his neighbors with threats involving a power saw, a knife and sexist slurs, authorities charged.
Joseph Loiacono — whose unnamed store at 373 Graham Ave. overflows with knick-knacks, dishes and dresses — threatened his next-door neighbor "while brandishing a power saw" and calling her a "c--t" in February, court papers said.
Loiacano, 54, allegedly violated a restraining order taken out against him by the woman, Lucille Bergamo, who had already claimed that he "repeatedly threw garbage" on her lawn and shook her fence until it broke.
"I'm going to get you," Loiacano shouted at Bergamo, according to the complaint.
Loiacano also allegedly threatened Bergamo's husband, Cono Dellio, with a knife in February outside Bergamo's building, telling Dellio "your time is coming soon."
The junk collector was arraigned on Wednesday at Brooklyn Supreme Court on criminal contempt, criminal possession of a weapon, menacing and harassment charges.
He pleaded not guilty before Justice Suzanne Mondo.
The judge told him he was no longer eligible for a legal aid lawyer and ordered him to hire a private attorney and return to court next week.
Owners of shops near Loiacono's refused to speak on the record about him, claiming they fear retribution.
A community member has also started an anonymous blog tracking complaints against Loiacono.
"This guy's got a lot of problems with everybody in the neighborhood," said the blogger, who requested to remain unidentified.
Loiacano, who owns the building, said his family has had the space since 1921.
When DNAinfo asked Loiacano about the charges, he burst into an incoherent rage before belting out an operatic aria and then presenting a deck of cards and offering to perform a magic trick.