Williamsburg Antique Store Owner Arrested Again for Alleged Threats
WILLIAMSBURG — He's "bat" at it.
An antique store owner accused of intimidating his Graham Avenue neighbors with a power saw and sexist slurs has been arrested again — this time for threats involving a baseball bat, authorities said.
Joseph Loiacono — whose unnamed shop at 373 Graham Ave. is stuffed to the rafters with jackets, trinkets, paintings and old chairs — violated a restraining order taken out against him by his neighbor for a second time last week, and could face four years in prison on charges of criminal contempt, prosecutors said.
Loiacono, 54, told neighbor Cono Dellio to "go home to your c--t wife, you big p---y, while [Loiacono] was holding a bat in [his] hand" outside Dellio's Graham Avenue apartment, according to the criminal complaint.
Earlier this year, Loiacono allegedly threatened Dellio with a knife, saying, "your time is coming soon," and also allegedly violated his restraining order taken out against him by Dellio's wife, Lucille Bergamo, by shaking her fence and throwing garbage on her lawn.
"I'm going to get you," Loiacano shouted at Bergamo, according to the intial complaint.
Loiacono, whose current case is scheduled to be heard before a grand jury Wednesday, has inspired an anonymous blog chronicling stories of him as a menace on the block.
"This guy's got problems with everybody in the neighborhood," the blogger, who requested to remain unnamed, said in a past interview.
Other shop owners also said they were intimidated by Loiacono, but refused to speak on the record for fear the junk store owner would sabotage their businesses.
Loiacano, who owns the building, said his family has been in the space since 1921. His lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.
When DNAinfo asked Loiacano about his past charges in April, 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.