2005-05-06 / Front Page

Caiazzo Charged In Jameson’s Scrape-Up

The local man accused in March of smashing a visiting rugby player in the face with a beer mug during a confrontation inside a Belle Harbor bar was arraigned on assault and weapons charges last week, according to court records. And he’s under age.

Joseph “Joey” Caiazzo, who can’t legally drink for another six months, is accused of striking John Robbins, 21, in the face with a beer mug inside Jameson’s Pub on March 27. Robbins, a college student in his home state of West Virginia, was in town for an area rugby tournament.

It is still unclear exactly what sparked the incident, but it sent Robbins to Peninsula Hospital Center where more than 50 stitches were used to sew up the gouges to the left side of his face.

The damage – which he said has caused nightmares and sleepless nights – surrounds his eye, covers his upper cheek and stretches to above his ear.

“It’s going to be a long, slow process,” Robbins said of his recovery in a phone interview with The Wave this week. He won’t undergo surgery for “a couple of years,” and has focused instead on the mental and emotional harm he suffered. “Everyone is staring,” he explained candidly.

A determined Robbins drove eight hours back to Rockaway last Friday – with his witness, Andrew Thorne – to identify Caiazzo in a lineup at the 100 Precinct stationhouse.

“We both [identified] him and that was the end of it,” said Robbins, who expressed gratitude for the work of the detectives assigned to the case. With a week of final exams ahead of them at West Virginia University, Robbins and Thorne pulled a 16-hour turnaround to get home.

Caiazzo, whose date of birth is October 19, 1984 according to court records, lives at 461 Beach 128 Street. He is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, according Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office.

Caiazzo was released after he posted $5,000 cash bail and an additional bond. His attorney, Joseph Mure, said a plea of not guilty was entered at the arraignment and that his own investigation into the matter is underway.

“We’re looking in to what took place,” said Mure, who alluded to “a twist” in the story, but declined to comment further.

Caiazzo’s next court date is June 9.

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