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New York garment salesman held without bail over serial killings

• Associated Press via The Guardian

A New York City garment salesman accused of systematically shooting three Middle Eastern shopkeepers to death as they worked alone was held without bail on Thursday.

Salvatore Perrone, who faces murder charges, denies killing anyone, his lawyer said. Ken Jones said his client shows no remorse and appears "as though he could have some mental health issues".

Perrone was taken into custody Wednesday. Police said that a pharmacy worker recognized Perrone, 63, as the balding man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, on 16 November. Another shopkeeper came forward and said Perrone had gone into his store and questioned him about whether he worked alone and when he closed, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"It's reasonable to assume he was going to keep doing this, and, by arresting him, we saved lives," Kelly said.

Detectives said they had found the duffel bag at Perrone's girlfriend's home. Inside, they said, was a sawed-off rifle used in the killings, along with .22-caliber ammunition, black gloves, women's clothing, a bloody knife and a bottle of bleach.

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