Bond denied for man charged in slaying of Cicero pizzeria owner

Bond denied for man charged in slaying of Cicero pizzeria owner

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Alleged gunman who shot suburban pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia captured on surveillance cameras Alleged gunman who shot suburban pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia captured on surveillance cameras
Alleged gunman who shot suburban pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia captured on surveillance cameras Alleged gunman who shot suburban pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia captured on surveillance cameras
Matthew A. Brown-Turner Matthew A. Brown-Turner
Giovanni Donancricchia (pictured center) Giovanni Donancricchia (pictured center)
CICERO, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Bond was denied Saturday for a 23-year-old man charged with the shooting death of a west suburban pizzeria owner, whose first act, when he saw the gunman confronting his wife in his restaurant after closing time early Thursday, was to confront the man, giving his wife time to escape. The gunman then allegedly shot and killed 64-year-old Giovanni Donancricchia when he returned to the pizzeria to confront the man again.

Matthew A. Brown-Turner appeared at a hearing in bond court at 26th and California Saturday morning, where bond was denied.

SEE: Cicero pizzeria owner fatally shot in attempted robbery

At 12:33 a.m. on Thursday, Angela Donancricchia was working near the cash register of Albano's Pizza, 5913 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Cicero, after closing time, a release from the town of Cicero said.

Her husband Giovanni had seen the offender enter the business through an open back door and had followed behind him to the counter area where the man had confronted his wife, the release said.

After Giovanni saw the man with the gun, he physically confronted the intruder, giving his wife time to escape from the area. Giovanni followed her out but then returned to confront the offender again and was shot once in the chest, police said. The gunman then fled the business on foot southbound through the alley.

On Thursday night a witness who knows the offender came forward and told police that the man was watching the TV News and had said that he was involved the shooting death at the pizza place, according to police. The witness called Cicero police and gave detectives Brown-Turner's name and address. Detectives, tactical officers and patrol officers went to that address where a surveillance was set up.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday Brown-Turner showed up and was taken into custody. During subsequent interviews he made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery and the murder of Mr. Donancricchia, police said.

Brown-Turner was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery on Friday evening. Brown-Turner's address is listed in Buffalo, NY but Cicero officials said he was from Chicago.

Giovanni Donancricchia, 64, came to Chicago from Sicily in 1968 at the age of 19. He worked odd jobs -- at a pizzeria, as a garbage man -- until he had enough money to buy a pizzeria of his own. He had always wanted to start a restaurant, even in Sicily, his son Saverio said.

"Giovanni Donancricchia was a real hero," Cicero Town spokesman Ray Hanania said in a statement on Saturday morning. "When he discovered that an unknown person had entered his restaurant from the backdoor with a weapon, and confronted his wife Angelea, his first concern obviously was for his wife's safety. With a disregard for the threat the killer posed to him, he ushered his wife out of the restaurant and harm's way, which saved her. He then returned to confront the suspect when he was shot and killed.

"Mr. Donancricchia is a true hero that he would do everything possible to protect someone he loved," Hanania said. "Town President Larry Dominick and the Town of Cicero offer their condolences to the Donancricchia family."

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