In an incident now being investigated by Nassau County cops and prosecutors, the son of late “Dapper Don” John Gotti says he was stabbed in the stomach while trying to break up a fight between two strangers in the parking lot of a CVS store in Syosset on Sunday, sources tell the Daily News.
He’s a Good Samaritan fella.
Former Gambino crime family boss John A. Gotti Jr. says he was stabbed in the stomach while trying to break up a fight outside a Long Island drugstore, a law enforcement source told the Daily News.
Gotti, the son of late “Dapper Don” John Gotti, told Syosset Hospital staff he took a knife to the gut on Sunday night while trying to stop two strangers from fighting in the parking lot of the CVS across from the Long Island Rail Road station in Syosset.
The mob scion then made his own way to the hospital, where staffers called police because of the nature of the wound, another source said.
But when cops arrived, Gotti refused to tell them what had happened, sources said.
“He wasn’t very cooperative,” one investigator said.
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The CVS location in Syosset, L.I., where John Gotti Jr. told investigators he was stabbed in the stomach while trying to break up a parking lot fight between two strangers.
The incident — which was first reported Monday by nydailynews.com — is now being investigated by both the Nassau County Police Department and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office, the source said.
“We are aware of the incident and it is under review. Beyond that I have no further comment,” said Rick Whelan, chief of the DA’s Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau.
The stab wound was deemed serious enough that Gotti was transferred to North Shore University Hospital for treatment, the source said.
He was later released.
The law enforcement source was highly skeptical of Junior’s supposed heroics.
“It’s hard to believe he would break up a fight between two strangers,” the source said.
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Victoria Gotti and brother and John Gotti Jr.
Gotti’s longtime lawyer, Charles Carnesi, said he hadn’t yet spoken to his client, but “I’ve been told he’s home and he’s OK.”
Carnesi said he wasn’t sure why his client had clammed up, because he had yet to connect with him.
“I have no frame of reference for answering that question,” Carnesi said.
Gotti’s not completely averse to cops — he apparently called them Monday night to shoo reporters away from his home in Oyster Bay, L.I., which is about a mile away from the CVS.
Gotti has said he’s been on the straight and narrow since he quit the mob in 1999, a decision he said he made because he wanted to focus on being a father.
Gotti pleaded guilty that year to racketeering crimes including bribery, extortion, gambling and fraud, and was sentenced to 77 months in prison.
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John Gotti, Jr. was stabbed during a mysterious dispute in Long Island on Sunday, a source told the Daily News.
After his release in 2005, the feds tried to nail the made man on more serious charges, including the stabbing death of Daniel Silva in a 1983 bar fight.
Gotti denied he’d ever killed anyone, or had anyone killed.
“You have to believe that my father loved me. Do you think he would put his son in a position that he’d have to go out and kill people? He put me in a position of monetary things … of politicking … of dealing with lawyers,” Gotti told The News in 2010.
His four racketeering trials all ended in mistrials. The feds opted against trying him a fifth time in 2010.
The success in court led him to be labeled “Teflon Don Jr.”
The nickname was a tip of the hat to his dapper dad, who became known as the “Teflon Don” after scoring three acquittals in high-profile racketeering trials.
The Teflon wore off in 1992, when dad was convicted of a host of mob-related crimes and sentenced to life in prison. He died in 2002 at age 72.
Carnesi says his client now manages real estate properties he owns on Long Island.
Law enforcement officials say they believe his current status with the Gambino family is “on the shelf,” a term used when made members are shunned and no longer actively involved in the crime family’s affairs.