Reputed mobsters accused in hot dog vendor attack

October 7, 2008 10:05:55 PM PDT
Police have accused two reputed Gambino crime family associates of shaking down a Bronx hot dog vendor and beating him with a hammer when he balked at their demands. The two and a third man were arrested Tuesday on charges including gang assault and attempted grand larceny.

Police say the suspects attacked the vendor in August and again in September, after he refused to pay them $200 a week as a "tribute." The men also are suspected of burning down the vendor's food stand, a converted camper he parked on a Bronx street.

The hot dog seller wasn't hospitalized.

Police say all three suspects have previously served prison time.

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