New York ‘Wolverine’ threatens reporter and is held back by his lawyer after court hearing


New York ‘Wolverine’ threatens reporter and is held back by his lawyer after appearing in court for ‘driving into BLM protesters and threatening to kill them with a four-blade knife-claw’

  • Frank Cavalluzzi, who became known as the ‘Queens Wolverine’ in 2020, is facing with 39 different charges including attempted murder
  • He’s accused of attacking a group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Whitestone, Queens, with a claw like weapon
  • Cavalluzzi threatened a DailyMail.com reporter after his June 2022 hearing while he lawyer held him back
  • Despite the raft of charges against him, Cavalluzzi was freed on a $100,000 bail in 2020 

The man who became known as the New York ‘Wolverine’ appeared in court on Thursday in a continuation hearing as he still awaits trial on a string of charges including nine counts of attempted murder.

Frank Cavalluzzi’s charges stem from a June 2020 incident in Whitestone, New York, when the suspect allegedly brandished a knife-claw at Black Lives Matter protesters and telling them: ‘I’ll kill you’ – before driving his SUV along the sidewalk and attempting to hit them. 

In an exclusive video for DailyMail.com, our reporter asks Cavalluzzi, 56, clad in a tie dye long sleeve shirt and clutching a Trader Joe’s shopping bag, if he wanted to say anything in his own defense. 

Frank Cavalluzzi appeared in court in Queens on June 23 in hearing after he was freed on a $100,000 bail for attempted murder charges and other violent offenses

Frank Cavalluzzi appeared in court in Queens on June 23 in hearing after he was freed on a $100,000 bail for attempted murder charges and other violent offenses

Cavalluzzi attempted to hide from our reporter on multiple occasions when asked if he had any comment that he would like to make

Cavalluzzi attempted to hide from our reporter on multiple occasions when asked if he had any comment that he would like to make

Cavalluzzi's lawyer, wielding a cane, repeatedly told his client to: 'Stop it' as he made his threats

Cavalluzzi’s lawyer, wielding a cane, repeatedly told his client to: ‘Stop it’ as he made his threats

Cavalluzzi was wearing a tie dye long sleeve shirt when he entered the courtroom, when he left he was wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt

Cavalluzzi was wearing a tie dye long sleeve shirt when he entered the courtroom, when he left he was wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt

Cavalluzzi ignores the request and sits on his bench to await his hearing. 

Later, the suspect leaves court room now wearing a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, with his cane wielding lawyer, and our reporter asks if there’s anything that he would like to say. Again the suspect ignores our reporter. 

Cavalluzzi’s lawyer bizarrely wonders to our reporter what photographers used to do with excess pictures they had after covering presidential election campaigns. 

When asked if he would like to make a comment on his client’s case, the lawyer goes silent. 

It’s then when Cavalluzzi emerges from a group of armed US Marshals, wearing body armor, and begins to get threatening. 

He tells our reporter: ‘Come over, let’s speak to me… stay the f**k away from me.’ 

Cavalluzzi emerges from a group of armed US Marshals, wearing body armor, and begins to get threatening

Cavalluzzi emerges from a group of armed US Marshals, wearing body armor, and begins to get threatening

He tells our reporter: 'Come over, let's speak to me... stay the f**k away from me'

He tells our reporter: ‘Come over, let’s speak to me… stay the f**k away from me’

While Cavalluzzi continues to utter inaudible threats and pointing at our reporter and clenching his fists, his lawyer repeatedly tells him to: ‘Stop it!’

In April 2021, Cavalluzzi pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He was released on a $100,000 bail. 

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz described his weapon as ‘something resembling a horror movie prop’ during his arraignment in 2020. She added that it was ‘amazing’ that nobody was killed. 

Katz continued: ‘In a burst of anger and rage, this defendant allegedly sought to kill No one at any time should infringe upon another’s Constitutionally-protected freedoms and doing so with the intent to injure and maim is criminal.’

‘No one at any time should infringe upon another’s Constitutionally-protected freedoms and doing so with the intent to injure and maim is criminal,’ the DA said.   

Cavalluzzi faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. 

Cavalluzzi has multiple posts on his Facebook page that espouse support for right-wing causes

Cavalluzzi has multiple posts on his Facebook page that espouse support for right-wing causes 

Cavalluzzi regularly posts about politics and gun rights in America on his Facebook page

Cavalluzzi regularly posts about politics and gun rights in America on his Facebook page

Cavalluzzi faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted

Cavalluzzi faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted

Cavalluzzi’s Facebook page shows his support for Donald Trump and a series of gun rights groups.  

The suspect, who lives in upstate New York, has business interests in Queens, and a long history of run-ins with the law.

He has eight prior arrests dating back to 1988, the New York Post reported, and was most recently detained on January 22, 2016 for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and obstruction during a traffic stop on the Upper East Side.

That incident bears strong parallels to Tuesday’s attack: he is accused of exiting his vehicle, acting erratically and running and screaming towards the officer’s vehicle before attacking the patrol-person.

In April 2012 he was charged with menacing with a weapon in the second degree after he punched his female landlord, displayed a knife and again, threatened officers, police said.

In February 2004 he was arrested for intentionally breaking the rear window of a vehicle and resisting arrest during a road rage incident.

Back in September 1998, he was charged with harassment, assault causing injury with a weapon and for leaving the scene of an accident in another road rage dispute.

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