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Mafia Boss Bashed Restaurant Owner in Face With Cocktail Glass, Police Say

By Murray Weiss | November 13, 2015 3:09pm | Updated on November 16, 2015 8:59am
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STATEN ISLAND — A reputed Bonnano crime family captain has been arrested and charged with smashing an owner of a popular Japanese restaurant with a cocktail glass, slicing his face and blinding one of his eyes, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Peter Lovaglia, 53, a powerful Bonnano boss, was picked up at his home early Friday morning and charged with the Nov. 1 attack on a 52-year-old owner inside his swanky Takayama Sushi Lounge at 17 Page Ave. at around 2:40 a.m., according to sources and court records.

The man was standing near the eatery’s bar when he heard someone call his name, sources said. When he turned to see who was talking to him, he was blindsided by an attacker who repeatedly hit his face.

Another patron called 911, but by the time the police arrived the attacker and his friends had left.

Sources say the police eventually obtained a photo of the suspect, but they had no name.

But earlier this week, the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division identified the suspect as Lovaglia.

Sources believe Lovaglia had gotten into an argument earlier that evening at the restaurant, but it was not clear if the dispute involved Forte.

Forte was taken to Staten Island University North Hospital, where he already had several surgeries to his face and eye. He is expected to require several more, sources said.

Lovaglia has long criminal history involving the Mafia.

He was freed from federal prison only last March after he served two years for violating his probation for a previous extortion conviction, records showed.

The violation involved being caught by the FBI associating with two other Bonnano bosses: Gera Gerald Chilli, a Florida-based capo, and Anthony “Fat Tony” Rabito, another high-ranking family captain.

The FBI was watching Chilli on the day he flew into JFK Airport in May 2013 and was picked up by Rabito, and later met with Lovaglia.

Before that, Lovaglia spent four years in federal prison for extortion.

Lovaglio was being held Friday in a police lockup while he awaiting arraignment.