2006-06-23 / Community

Siblings Beat and Slashed Snitch: Cops

By Brian Magoolaghan

A Rockaway Park man faces assault and harassment charges and his sister is hiding from cops after the siblings allegedly beat and slashed a girl who they thought ratted to cops investigating the sale of illegal fireworks.

George Catalano, 23, was arrested on June 14, 12 days after he and his sister, Samantha Catalano, allegedly attacked the girl June 2 on Beach 123 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The incident happened just down the block from the Catalano's residence at 197 Beach 122 Street.

George grabbed the suspected snitch, Logan Rumpf, pulled her out of the chair she was sitting in and then choked her and punched her in the face, according to court records. Samantha grabbed Rumpf by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the face. Rumpf tried to cover her face and was cut on her thumb by a sharp object.

Rumpf suffered a bruised left eye, a bruised face and a cut under her chin in addition to the lacerated thumb, according to court records.

Law-enforcement sources said the Catalano's were retaliating against Rumpf, who they thought fingered them in an NYPD investigation into illegal fireworks sales, according to a report in the New York Post. Local sources were unable to shed light on the incident, and it was unclear whether Rumpf complained to police or spoke to them about the Catalanos.

George is charged with second and third degree assault and harassment, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. Bail was set at $1,000 cash and $2,000 bond, and he is due back in court on June 29.

Samantha Catalano had not been arrested at press time.

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