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Owner of New York pizzeria may be charged in knife fight

By Aman Ali

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The owner of a famous Brooklyn pizzeria may face attempted murder charges on Monday over a knife fight he got into with a suspected mob henchman over the weekend.

Brooklyn prosecutors said they plan to charge Mark Iacono, 43, with attempted murder for a knife fight he got into with Benny Geritano, 38. Iacano is the owner of Lucali's Pizza, a restaurant frequented by the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, which is consistently ranked one of the top pizza places in New York City.

According to police, Geritano pulled out a knife on Iacano on Friday and stabbed him several times in the back, stomach and thighs. Police would not say what the dispute was over but said Geritano, who knows Iacano, is believed to be a henchman for a mafia-run loan shark business.

Iacano was rushed to the Lutheran Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition. Prosecutors said Geritano showed up in court Sunday claiming he acted in self defense, showing the court knife wounds to his own body. His attorney, Steven Kartagener, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Prosecutors said Geritano was charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Iacano was expected to be charged with the same felonies, once his arraignment date is set, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors declined to elaborate on why Iacano is facing the same charges in the case and declined to elaborate on what role Iacano had in the knife fight.

Geritano is due back in court on May 21 and no arraignment date has been set yet for Iacano.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

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