Eastchester man impersonated cop at scuffle, police say; 1 slashed

The Ramapo Police Department on Route 59 in The Ramapo Police Department on Route 59 in Suffern. (Feb. 15, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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A work-related dispute in New Hempstead Tuesday night left one man with a slash wound and another brought up on charges of impersonating a police officer, police said.

John Biagi, 23, and Charles Lampedusa, 22, both of Eastchester, allegedly walked onto the Rensselaer Drive property of Mitchell Peligri, 49, demanding money for work that one of the two men had done for Peligri, Ramapo police Lt. Mark Emma said Wednesday.

The argument quickly escalated, and ended with Peligri pulling a knife and slashing Biagi across the arm.

It's unclear which one of the men worked for Peligri or the nature of the work, Emma said.

But during the dispute, Lampedusa flashed a police shield given out to family members and claimed he was a cop, Emma said.

Biagi was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with non-life-threatening injuries.

Peligri was charged with assault in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, both felonies, police said. He did not have an attorney when he was arraigned in Ramapo town court Wednesday morning.

Lampedusa was charged with criminal impersonation in the second degree, a misdemeanor. He had not been arraigned as of Wednesday morning. Biagi was charged with trespassing, a violation.

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