A Queens man was convicted of attempted murder and other charges for chasing Black Lives Matter demonstrators with a bladed glove in June 2020, according to a press release from the Queen County District Attorney.
Frank Cavalluzzi, 57, was captured on video yelling “I will kill you,” at a group of protesters while chasing them and waving a glove with serrated blades that he was wearing. He later tried to run them over with an SUV.
Read the press release below:
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Frank Cavalluzzi was convicted of nine counts of attempted murder for attacking peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators in June 2020, first charging at them wearing a glove with serrated blades and then attempting to run them over driving his SUV on the sidewalk.
District Attorney Katz said: “A dangerous man is going to jail. It’s a good day for New York and the First Amendment.”
Following a two-week trial, Cavalluzzi, 57, of 150th Street in Flushing, was convicted of nine counts of attempted murder in the second degree, nine counts of attempted assault in the first degree, seven counts of menacing in the second degree, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and reckless driving. After the conviction on Friday, August 18, Queens Supreme Court Justice Michelle A. Johnson set sentencing for October 13.
Cavaluzzi faces up to 25 years in prison for each count of attempted murder.
Horrifying for #BlackLivesMatters protesters in Whitestone, #Queens. Man tried to run them over on Tuesday, it’s caught on video. 54-yr-old Frank Cavalluzzi arrested. He had blades on his arm. Charged with Reckless Endangerment, Menacing, Weapon Possession. Video from @siburpunk pic.twitter.com/gIaL29ZIbw
— Dean Meminger (@DeanMeminger) June 4, 2020
Read the full press release here.