Car linked to Musi­tano killing found aban­doned

Po­lice be­lieve shooter had sec­ond car wait­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - FRONT PAGE - SU­SAN CLAIR­MONT

The killer’s car drives slowly down the mob­ster’s street and pulls over in front of his house.

It is a four-door bur­gundy 2006 Ford Fu­sion with rusty wheel rims and tinted win­dows. It sig­nals to pull over as it slows into the curb on pretty Ch­e­sa­peake Drive in Wa­ter­down, mak­ing way for an­other car be­hind it to drive past.

The time stamp on the se­cu­rity video that cap­tures all this is 15:38 or 3:38 p.m. last Tues­day. (Po­lice say the time is “fairly ac­cu­rate.”) A few mo­ments later, af­ter the clip ends, Ang Musi­tano will pull into the frame, up into his own drive­way in his white truck. A man driv­ing the Ford will get out, ap­proach Musi­tano while he is still in his driver’s seat, and shoot him sev­eral times with a hand­gun.

Musi­tano will die of his wounds, the killer will drive away and a neigh­bour­hood will reel not only from the very pub­lic day­light mur­der but from the sud­den re­al­iza­tion it had a mafioso in its midst.

Po­lice have pub­licly re­leased the video clip of the car in the hopes of gen­er­at­ing new leads. The clip is just a few sec­onds long and taken from Musi­tano’s own se­cu­rity cam­era mounted on his garage. The clip ends be­fore Musi­tano, 39, shows up. It does not show any­one get­ting out of the Ford or the shoot­ing it­self.

Po­lice found the Ford on Sun­day at about 7 p.m., in the res­i­den­tial area of Fen­ton Drive and Brae­heid Av­enue in Wa­ter­down. They were able to iden­tify it from study­ing the video and de­scrip­tions of eye wit­nesses.

Det. Sgt. Peter Thom, who is over­see­ing the homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion, says the car is reg­is­tered to a com­pany (not a rental com­pany) and po­lice are try­ing to de­ter­mine if it was stolen. They be­lieve the killer switched ve­hi­cles when he dumped the Ford. Of­fi­cers have can­vassed the street where the cars were switched, look­ing for any­one with video footage.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are ask­ing any­one who may have seen the Ford in the area of Musi­tano’s home on the day of the mur­der or the week lead­ing up to it to con­tact po­lice. Thom has said neigh­bours no­ticed the Ford on the street be­fore the shoot­ing.

Musi­tano’s wife and three young sons were in­side the house when he was killed. Thom says they did not see the mur­der hap­pen. A private fu­neral was held Fri­day.

The shooter is de­scribed as a heavy-set man, weigh­ing about 230 pounds, wear­ing a black tuque and a black jacket with grey pants and black shoes.

When he was 21, Musi­tano was charged with two counts of first de­gree mur­der for al­legedly or­der­ing a hit on Hamil­ton crime boss, Johnny “Pops” Pa­palia and on his Ni­a­gara Falls lieu­tenant Car­men Bar­il­laro in 1997. Ang’s big brother Pat was also charged. The sib­lings struck a deal, plead­ing to the lesser charge of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der for the shoot­ing of Bar­il­laro. They served six years in prison and were re­leased in 2006.

Both have kept a low pro­file since then. Friends say Ang turned his life around, was run­ning a le­git­i­mate business and that he had found God.

Lawyer Dean Pa­que­tte, who rep­re­sented Pat on his mur­der charges and Ang on other mi­nor charges, is act­ing as li­ai­son be­tween po­lice and the Musi­tano fam­ily. He says he is do­ing so as a friend. Pa­que­tte is close to the fam­ily and was by their side at the hospi­tal the night Ang died.

Thom says po­lice are hop­ing to talk with Musi­tano’s im­me­di­ate fam­ily this week.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Det. Ja­son Cat­tle at 905-546-4167 or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477.

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