Man charged with killing owner of L&B Spumoni Gardens

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal officials have arrested a man in connection with the fatal ambush of the owner of a famed New York City pizza restaurant.

Andres Fernandez appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday to face murder, robbery and weapons charges. He did not enter a plea. A message left with his lawyer wasn't immediately returned.

Court documents say investigators believe surveillance video, cellphone data and witness accounts tie Fernandez to the killing.

L&B Spumoni Gardens pizzeria owner Louis Barbati was gunned down in the backyard of his Brooklyn home in June after arriving from work carrying a large amount of cash. The shooter fled on foot empty-handed in what appeared to be a botched robbery.

The restaurant has been run by Barbati's family for generations and has been featured on several TV food shows.

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