The Queens “Wolverine” who donned a glove of blades as he chased down Black Lives Matter protesters was hit with a 39-count indictment, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Frank Cavalluzzi, 55, pleaded not guilty in Queens Supreme Court Wednesday to charges that included attempted murder, assault and menacing for the crazed ambush on June 2 in Whitestone. He previously claimed that members of the group had hurled objects at his car.
Cavalluzzi was captured on video jumping out of his SUV and trying to attack the demonstrators while brandishing a device attached to his wrist with four serrated blades protruding like a claw, court papers allege.
“You are in the wrong neighborhood,” he barked at the crowd of roughly a dozen people who were protesting the police killing of George Floyd. “I will kill you.”
“The moments that followed were sheer terror for the victims,” said Queens DA Melinda Katz in a statement.
While wearing what Katz called “something resembling a horror movie prop,” Cavalluzzi first pursued the protesters on foot then climbed back into his SUV and allegedly “tried to run the victims over with the nearly two-ton vehicle.”
He allegedly hopped the curb, revved his engine and drove the length of the sidewalk, as the terrific victims scrambled for safety, some climbing a nearby fence, according to prosecutors. He fled the scene and was arrested two days later.
If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison. His lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.