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August 22, 2014, 5:35 pm

Two charged with racketeering in N.J.

Federal authorities have leveled a second superseding indictment against two alleged members of a New Jersey organized crime group.

Louis Fazzini, 45, of Caldwell, New Jersey and Joseph Licata, 70, of Florham Park, New Jersey were both arrested in Newark, New Jersey, according to Philadelphia U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger. They have been charged with racketeering and conspiracy. The indictment alleges that Licata served as caporegime of the North Jersey crew of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra family. Licata allegedly supervised Fazzini, who was an alleged made member. Fazzini allegedly handled an illegal sports gambling operation in addition to other money making businesses.

According to the second superseding indictment, the defendants promoted and furthered their illegal money-making activities through violence, actual and implied threats, and the cultivation and exploitation of the Philadelphia family's long-standing reputation for violence.  

In an unrelated criminal investigation, after enduring four months of having their car tires repeatedly slashed, the residents of the city’s Mayfair section finally got some needed relief Wednesday night when they learned that police had arrested a suspect in the ongoing vandalism.

And he was a neighbor.

David Toledo, who was interviewed by local television and print news reporters as an angry neighbor whose tires were slashed, was arraigned on Thursday morning following the Wednesday night arrest at his home. He has been charged with 49 counts of criminal mischief, seven counts of possession of an instrument of crime, and five counts of filing false police reports. Toledo, of the 4000 block of Aldine Street, is being held on $270,000 bail.

According to investigators, 90 cars had their tires slashed in the 4000 block of Aldine Street near Teesdale. Police allege Toledo hit 55 cars between January and April, all while claiming to be a victim and even slashing the tires of his own car, costing local residents thousands of dollars in repairs.

In another unrelated criminal investigation, police arrested a suspect who robbed the Republic Bank at 1601 Market Street Tuesday morning.

Christian Stephens, 30, of the 4500 block of North Darien Street, has been charged with robbery and related offenses for attempting to knock over the bank at 11:45 a.m. But police say he didn’t get very far. A teller loaded an exploding dye pack with the cash and a few minutes into his getaway, the dye pack went off at 17th and Market Streets, covering the money and Stephens in red dye.

Twenty minutes later police picked him up at 18th and Callowhill Streets.