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.