son facing indictment
INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller
August 4, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Dominic John Rizzolo, 26, son
of convicted racketeer Rick
Rizzolo, faces indictment on August 12, for aggravated assault with
intent to commit serious bodily injury.
Dominic was arrested on March 28, 2008
for a stabbing that occurred last January. Felony charges include assault
with a deadly weapon; carrying a concealed weapon; and attempted extortion.
A police report indicates that on January
21, at approximately 10 PM, Dominic, accompanied by an unidentified man,
and a woman named Gabrielle, drove to Billy Moyer's home in a dark colored
SUV with the license place covered by a T-shirt.
Gabrielle was the stabbing victim's former
live in girl friend.
Moyer, 26, who was a class made of Rizzolo
at Gorman High School, reported he received a phone call on the night of
the incident from Gabrielle asking if he was staying home that evening?
Fifteen minutes after Moyer told Gabrielle he had no plans to go out, Rizzolo
reportedly knocked at his door.
Moyer's mother answered the door and summoned
her son. The two men conversed on the front lawn for several minutes until
Rizzolo reportedly asked Moyer, "Do you know who my family is?" then demanded
Moyer said he refused the demand and ordered
Rizzolo off the property which he said inspired Rizzolo to slug him in
the face. A fight ensued in which Rizzolo reportedly pulled a switch blade
knife and stabbed Moyer in the upper abdomen.
Not realizing he was severely injured,
Moyer pursued Rizzolo to the SUV. Rizzolo lost his shoe during the short
chase. As the vehicle driven by the unidentified male pulled away, Moyer
said he grabbed the T-shirt off the license plate and memorized the number.
Moyer returned to his house and discovered
the life threatening wound. His mother called 911, and Moyer was transported
to the hospital where he received three hours of emergency surgery followed
by three days in the intensive care unit.
Moyer later identified the T-shirt as one
he had purchased for Gabrielle during their relationship.
Rizzolo's preliminary hearing was held
on July 30 in Clark County Justice Court. Rick Rizzolo's criminal defense
attorney Tony Sgro plead not guilty on behalf of Dominic based on self
defense, but Judge Deborah Lippis found sufficient evidence to bind the
case over to District Court.
Sources close to Gabrielle report that
she was forced by Dominic Rizzolo "at gunpoint" to go to attorney Sgro's
office to sign an affidavit stating she witnessed Rizzolo stab Moyer in
In her affidavit she claims that Moyer
provoked the fight after Rizzolo attempted to collect a past due debt.
She stated that Rizzolo used the knife to stop Moyer from hitting him with
However, only Moyer received injuries or
filed a police report regarding the altercation. And a local criminal attorney
told INSIDE VEGAS that the phone call made to Moyer prior to Rizzolo's
appearance, along with the covering of the license plate on Rizzolo's SUV
clearly shows premeditation
Also, Rizzolo was arrested more than six
weeks following the stabbing, and only after police were tipped off that
he was residing with Rick Rizzolo's god son Rick Belcastro in a Summerlin
It's not known whether Rizzolo was purposely
trying to avoid arrest by staying at Belcastro's estate, or if Belcastro
was aware there was a warrant issued for his house guest? These are questions
that may be asked in court.
Belcastro is the owner of the Bada Bing
strip club. Rick Rizzolo is a suspected hidden owner of the club.
The Rizzolo family was most likely aware
of Dominic's whereabouts at least a week prior to his arrest based on Dominic's
grandfather Bart Rizzolo, 76, being overheard in early March complaining
that his grandson was about to be arrested for attempted murder and extortion,
and how much the family's lawyers would charge to get him off.
I reported the conversation to my 10,000
subscribers in one of my daily INSIDE
VEGAS E-Briefs, and Dominic was located and arrested several days later.
After the arrest, Dominic was released
on his own recognizance and I soon received two death threats in the mail.
The first came on April
19, and the second on June 23.
I turned the letters over to the police and FBI. No arrests were made.
This was not the first time I had received
communications that purportedly came from a Rizzolo family member. On July
27, 2007, I penned an AmericanMafia.com
column that mentioned one of Dominic's closest friends in a rather
I referred to a person named Benny Behnen
as being a coward for beating up women. His first victim was Summer Stupak
who he attacked
on August 25, 2000 at Piero's restaurant in Las Vegas. His latest victim
was Sandra Murphy whom he reportedly slugged
and kicked at Piero's on July 9, 2007.
I stated that Benny, 30, and Dominic are
part of a new breed of local spoiled brats who have no education or skills,
but plenty of mom and dad's money to blow in bars and casinos. I referred
to Dominic as Benny's protégé, and those words inspired the
|From: Melissa Hicks <email@example.com>
This is Dominic Rizzolo. You have
some nerve calling anyone a coward especially my best friend Benny Benhen
(sp). It was you (steve miller) who gave up his own daughter for cocaine
that was found in your possession in a car you were driving .
If that isnt (sp) the definition of a cunt and a coward then i dont (sp)
know what is. Why dont (sp) you make a copy of this email and put it on
your website so that people can see just what kind of person your are.
If you were to see any of us around you would scurry like a frightened
Dominic's assault case is being prosecuted
by the Clark County District Attorney's office which has apparently made
an abrupt about face when it comes to the Rizzolo family.
In 2002, Rick and Lisa Rizzolo donated
$10,000 to then District Attorney candidate David Roger. Rizzolo also hosted
a fundraiser for the candidate at his Canyon Gate Country Club estate that
raised an undetermined amount of money (Nevada political campaign finance
law does not require candidates to specify where, or the date when they
At the fundraiser, the Rizzolos introduced
the candidate to most of the local adult business owners and their wallets.
At the time, Roger seemed unconcerned that his chief fundraiser's strip
club employees were facing multiple police requests for prosecution for
robbery, battery, and conspiracy to commit robbery and coercion, along
with separate requests for the DA to prosecute several Crazy Horse Too
employees for an attempted murder, and a wrongful death.
After I wrote about the fundraiser, Roger
purportedly returned $50,000 in campaign contributions from the adult business
owners and Rizzolos. However, immediately following election to his first
term, Roger dropped all police requests for prosecution in cases involving
Rick and Lisa Rizzolo's business.
The FBI was forced to step in and take
over the cases. In 2006, Rick Rizzolo was indicted for crimes at the Crazy
Horse Too. He pleaded guilty and served one year and one day in federal
prison in exchange for forfeiting the Crazy Horse, and agreeing to never
again be involved in any adult business for the rest of his life. The Crazy
Horse Too permanently lost its liquor license and adult use zoning. The
property and trade name are being liquidated by the government to pay back
Rizzolo was released from prison on April
4, 2008, and has since been reported to be a consultant and hidden owner
in the recently opened Bada Bing Men's Club. (Belcastro is the blond man
in this video wearing a white
T-shirt and jeans shown immediately after the stripper says "This is Bada
Bing, and we have class!" Rick Rizzolo is not shown).
Since returning from prison, Rizzolo has
claimed to be broke -- having transferred all of his assets to his wife
in a hastily conceived 2005 divorce. An action has been filed in federal
court to apply the Uniform
Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA) to seize
and recover the couple's hidden assets to pay creditors. According
to Rick's plea bargain, he or his wife cannot declare bankruptcy.
The Rizzolo family has a long history of
violence. In 1989, Rick Rizzolo pleaded guilty to the 1985 baseball
bat beating of a Crazy Horse patron. Rick Sandlin died three years
later of complications related to his injuries. Rizzolo did not serve jail
time for his crime.
In 1995, long haul truck driver Scott David
Fau was beaten
to death by Crazy Horse bouncers. The bouncers were not convicted.
In a 2000 document
filed in district court, Crazy Horse Too neighbor Robert L. Westphal stated:
"I asked if he (Bart Rizzolo) would send someone to my property to clean
my parking lot (of used condoms and drug paraphernalia). Mr. Rizzolo refused
to do so. I told him I would sweep it up and bring it down to Crazy Horse
Too and dump it out. He replied that, if I did, he would 'blow my f - -
k-ing head off.'"
In 2001, Kansas tourist Kirk
Henry's neck was broken by a Crazy Horse employee for disputing a bar
In December 2007, and January 2008, two
restraining orders were issued against Bart Rizzolo. The orders were
to prevent Bart from coming within 100 feet of the late Buffalo
Jim Barrier, the former next door neighbor of the Crazy Horse Too who
died under mysterious
circumstances the day after Rick Rizzolo was released from prison.
According to the TROs, Bart attempted to run the garage owner down with
his Range Rover.
Now, following Rick Rizzolo's conviction
for racketeering and tax evasion, Bart Rizzolo's TROs, and Dominic Rizzolo's
felony indictment, it appears that the once Teflon coated family is about
to again feel the long arm of the law for their misdeeds. Though I heard
Rick Rizzolo recently called a couple of his associates in chicago, and
told them Dominic got "12 months probation."
Dominic Rizzolo is scheduled to appear
for arraignment on August 12. The charges against him, if proven, can result
in a prison sentence of between two and five years for each count.
Dominic is rumored to be relaxing in Florida
while awaiting his arraignment.
And speaking of Piero's...
VEGAS on July 14, 2008, broke the story about Rick Rizzolo's crony
Freddie Glusman, 72, the 210 pound owner of Piero's in Vegas and the Ritz
in posh Newport Beach, getting arrested for allegedly beating up a 30 year
old 127 pound cocktail waitress.
This is the same Freddie Glusman who hosted
bizarre Going to Prison Party that inspired all sorts of LV and Laguna
Beach denizens to mingle with a bunch of mobsters, politicians, and celebrities
including former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, the husband of
a LV councilwoman.
broke the Going to Prison Party story in May 2007, and the resulting
press coverage turned the Ritz into the laughing stock of Southern California
along with exposing the neuvo riche Vegas transplants who have been infesting
the sea side village for over a decade. My story also infuriated the federal
judge presiding over Rizzolo's case so much that he rushed Rizzolo to prison
before all his appeals ran out!
Since July 14, and to Glusman's dismay,
the story of the girl beating has gone multi-media with reports in the
County Register, and Las
Vegas Review Journal that followed my lead. (I don't plan
on dining at Piero's or the Ritz in the immediate future.)
What makes the Glusman story interesting
is his close relationship with our town's pillars
of the community like Rick Rizzolo and Benny Behnen, and with Orange
County's pillar of the community, disgraced
ex-Sheriff Mike Carona.
According to police reports, Glusman beat
the bejesus out of the cocktail waitress. And Behnen must have been inspired
by Freddie when he beat the bejesus out of 125 pound Summer Stupak, and
115 pound Sandy Murphy in Piero's, then was seen drinking with Freddie
at his bar as if such violence
is acceptable in Glusman's restaurants.
Now, it seems the girl beatings have moved
to the west coast.
Could it be that Freddie is mentoring Benny
in the art of girl beating, and in turn influencing young Dominic when
it comes to being violent?
For many years I thought guys like Behnen,
the Rizzolos, and Freddie Glusman were immune to bad press or prosecution,
at least in Sin City. It was Freddie Glusman who was named "Las Vegas Citizen
of the Month" in September 2002 by the mayor and council, a few weeks after
he publicly referred to an African American city councilwoman as a "Schwarz."
His immunity was always suspected of being
caused by all the free food and booze he doles out to politicians
and a few thirsty reporters, along with his hosting
fund raisers in his restaurants for selected politicians when election
time rolls around.
And what about that Sheriff in Orange County
getting ousted for his association
with Rizzolo and Glusman, among others? Isn't he the same pillar of
the community that mooned his constituents in the Orange
With such pillars of the community being
arrested, and their escapades exposed for all to see, I'm starting to think
this world may finally be changing for the better.
Copyright © Steve Miller