Police are still looking for the three men responsible for the Oct. 20 beating of Sunnyside resident Lou Rispoli, from which he eventually died.
There is a $24,000 reward for any information that leads to the suspects. The Police Department, the Mayor’s Office and Crime Stoppers are offering $22,000 and an individual contributed an additional $2,000, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said at a Community Board 2 meeting last Thursday night.
“Every life is precious and we will find who did this to Lou Rispoli,” Van Bramer said. “It’s really important that we catch these three people.”
At Thursday’s meeting a Sunnyside resident asked why the police were not more proactive, citing a murder case for which officers hung fliers around the neighborhood. She said Rispoli’s attack was less well known.
The 108th Precinct responded within minutes, Van Bramer said, but he did wonder why an “evidence vehicle” did not arrive on the scene until Sunday, a day after the attack.
“I have talked to Captain [Donald] Powers, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions,” Van Bramer said.
Police are reviewing surveillance tapes from the area, but images of the suspects have not been retrieved. The apartment complex where the attack took place does not have cameras.
Rispoli, who had a hard time sleeping and would take walks around his neighborhood, was beaten with a blunt object outside a large apartment complex at 41-00 43rd Ave. around 2 a.m. on Oct. 20. A witness saw the attack from across the street. He said two men hit Rispoli while a tall man waited at a car.
Rispoli lived with his husband in the neighborhood for many years. It is unknown if the attack was a hate crime.
The councilman’s office may organize a march against crime or hate in the neighborhood once the the city is in better shape following superstorm Sandy.