John Vano, 50, of Merrick, was arrested Sunday, May 7 after an argument with a colleague turned violent, authorities said.

Detectives say Vano and his 42-year-old male colleague got into an altercation at La Piazza at 2191 Merrick Road on Saturday, May 6 at approximately 8:15 p.m.

The fight escalated and Vano allegedly started hitting his colleague over the head with a large pizza peel, tearing the victim’s head open.

Vano then fled the scene before officers arrived, but turned himself in safely the next day, police said.

Vano is responsible for:

  • secondary attack
  • Level 4 illegal possession of a weapon

He is scheduled to appear in First District Court on Monday, May 8.

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