Alleged Luchese Associate Found Dead: Stabbed, Beaten, Chained Underwater

CORRECTED: Press reports incorrectly identified crime families

A Brooklyn man was found Saturday a few blocks from his Mill Basin home on Avenue U and East 58th street.

Wrapped in a blue tarp, Carmine Carini, 35, allegedly an associate of the Luchese crime family, was found chained to a cinder block held underwater.

Carini Junior was stabbed, beaten, weighted underwater
Victim appeared to be brutally slain.

His ankles and knees were bound with duct tape. An orange rope, affixed to the cinder block, was apparently used to weigh his body down and was tied to his feet.

Since he was found with his head bashed in and stabbed multiple times, cause of death is unknown.

A passerby spotted the body floating in the inlet about 11 a.m. Saturday, cops said. The witness flagged down a passing fire truck, which called police.

The body was not badly decomposed, but still, it was not immediately clear how long he'd been underwater.

The medical examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy.

Near where body was found.

“He was wrapped in a tarp and weighed down — that can only pretty much take you in one direction,” a police source said.

Carini is the son of a mobster also named Carmine who spent decades in prison for the 1983 murder of a Brooklyn record store owner. The murder charge was vacated in 2007 after two informants testified that Carmine's cousins, Vincent and Eddie Carini, were responsible for the killing.

Both cousins were found dead in Sheepshead Bay in 1987, after botching a hit on William Aronwald, a former prosecutor on the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force.

The younger Carini, meanwhile, was allegedly a Luchese crime family associate, according to Jerry Capeci's Gang Land News. He had reputed ties to Canarsie-based Luchese members, including soldiers Anthony Grado, 53, and Thomas (Tommy Red) Anzeulotto, 54.
His father, was "a longtime Gambino associate with ties to former Canarsie-based Gambino mobsters Leonard DiMaria and Nicholas (Little Nick) Corozzo. The duo was famously acquitted of racketeering charges along with their late Mafia boss, John Gotti, in 1987," GLN reported.
"The younger Carini has several convictions for violent crimes. Investigative sources say that since his release from state prison in 2015 for an armed robbery, he has been spotted several times hanging around with Grado and other Lucheses."

Carmine Senior, while in prison, and Junior, who was found dead.

He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2003 for robbery and menacing and twice returned to jail for violating parole.

It is not known when  Carini first disappeared.

The investigation into his death is continuing, police said.

Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

The Colombo crime family is considered the most violent of the New York Mafia families.