Police have released surveillance video of the man who is wanted for questioning in the killing of a beloved Brooklyn pizzeria owner.
Last Thursday, Louis Barbati, 61, was shot outside his Dyker Heights home at 76th Street and 12th Avenue. Police think it may have been a botched robbery, because he was found with $10,000 in cash on him at the time. However, Barbati previously had a high-profile feud with a former employee he accused of stealing his pizza sauce recipe and allegedly got a Colombo crime family mobster (related to him by marriage) involved.
The video shows a man wearing sunglasses, shorts and a dark hoodie:
Barbati's family is offering a $50,000 reward for information. His wife was inside the home when Barbati was shot; a relative said that was "still blood under her fingernails from trying to save his life. She thought it was a firework, it’s a nightmare."
A police source told the Post, "They don’t know who did it yet. This case will take some time. Someone will talk sooner than later - they always do.”
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.