Shots Fired in Attempted Armed Robbery of Pizzeria Owner, Police Say

Trio charged in Friday night incident outside Giovanni's Pizza owner's home.

Three individuals have been arrested for the attempted armed robbery of a pizzeria owner when he returned home Friday night at around 11:20pm, Wyckoff Police said.

Luis Diaz, 21, and Jose Hidalgo, 27, both of Paterson, and Nicole Gorter, 18, of North Haledon, were each charged with first-degree robbery and possession of marijuana.

According to Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox, officers responded to an Eisenhower Court home late Friday evening on a report of gunshots being fired.

Giovanni's Pizza owner Giovanni Raffo told police he had been confronted by two men in his driveway, Fox said. During the confrontation, a handgun in the possession one of the men was discharged, Fox said. Raffo was not injured and the two men fled the area, Fox said.

Midland Park Sgt. Noah VanVliet then conducted a routine motor vehicle stop on Cedar Hill Avenue, Fox said. Gorter, Diaz and Hidalgo were at that time taken into custody for possession of marijuana, Fox said.

"The continuing investigation and interviews uncovered their involvement in the robbery," Fox stated in a press release. "Information provided by one of the suspects located the gun, which had been tossed away on the property of a Calvin Court home, which is nearby to Eisenhower Court."

Investigators believe the two men were dropped off by Gorter, who was employed as a waitress at Giovanni's Pizza, Fox said. The men then waited for Raffo to return home, according to police. Gorter later drove Diaz and Hidalgo away after they fled the scene.

The three individuals have been remanded to the Bergen County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Ed December 31, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Here we go again with a "misunderstood youth" who just happens to be arrested for committing a crime! Now come the cries for sympathy. For someone like her, if she and her friends want sympathy, try looking in the dictionary and it can be found between s**t and syphilis!!! That's the ONLY type she deserves. As for her family, GREAT JOB of raising this criminal and knowing who she hangs out with.
Linda December 31, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Oh cry me a river Nicoles best friend! Choices have conseqences, both good and bad. Your best friend chose these "friends"! We need more guns to fight off the garbage that the Obama administration has allowed to freely enter this Country! So sick of the Liberal mindset and all of their excuses! They should all go away for a very long time to ponder their choices.
Jay Z December 31, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Put her in a crappy, wet cell with a nasty, fat, stinky cellmate and throw away the key till about 2020. Maybe she can work out her mommy-daddy issues by then. She's lucky the guy wasnt shot or killed. She's be gone for the rest of her life. No sympathy at all.
Me December 31, 2012 at 07:45 PM
R you dumb! All she did was drive them? Are you that nieve that she had no idea they had a gun?? It was her idea!!! Before this she robbed Wyckoff pizza she is the one who planned it !!! Hence why her father still hasn't bailed her sorry "beautiful" ass out!!! I know the family who she put in danger she came up its this bright idea and she knew exactly what was going to go down, I don't care how nice or beautiful she is if you associate yourself with trash you start to smell!!!!
Judge & Jury December 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM
@AFriend; I might have been born at night, but it wasn't last night! That set of " Facts" you enlightened us with is garbage!! How did the two nitwits arrive at her employers home to start with? What kind of people are she surrounding herself with? That includes YOU...such terrible decision making!! This is no JOKE..she and those two numbnutz "friends" committed a serious crime.......one for which society should hold them responsible
What! Not my perfect child! January 01, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Wow, I don't think I have ever seen more comments in a story from people who are clinically insane. This girl was employed by, and the only connection to the victim. She had to, at the very least provide the two other dirtbags with a hell of a lot of information along with being the get away driver. They all deserve the same (long) jail term.
meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee January 01, 2013 at 07:18 AM
you all are just stupid "she is so good and butiful" she drove people with a gun and robbed 2 places.
D10 January 01, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Hats off to the Wyckoff police for apprehending the suspects to this crime!!! Hopefully the courts sort this out and punish all parties involved appropriately! Thankfully Giovanni was not hurt!! He is a good business man, a great family man and community advocate. Let the Wyckoff police and Bergen county prosecutors office do their jobs. In time, we will learn all the facts. At that time, opinions will have more merit.
Brian January 01, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I love the fact that no one mentioned Nicole until her "friend" brought her up. Yes maybe she was a good girl and comes from a decent home but when you are caught up in an addiction and a wrong crowd it is no ones fault but yourself. I hope her friends on here are not her fellow eastern Christian students the way they are cursing and acting on here. There was a nice mature conversation on here until her friends came on here threatening and cursing. If your trying to prove that she's a good girl at least do it in a mature sophisticated way. It's obvious that she knew a lot mere than just picking up friends who called for a ride. The latest facts that came out said that she drive them there, waited for them in the car and then picked them back up. It sounds to me like she planned this whole thing. She committed a crime and is just as guilty as the other two even if she was a good girl.
RidgewoodResident January 01, 2013 at 09:45 PM
If my house is broken into and I have to decide between dropping to my knees and praying or putting a bullet in the violent thug's head, I'm going to choose the latter. Feel free to choose otherwise if you have such strong faith in that which has done nothing to stop the various genocides, tortures, and warfare that people have suffered through throughout history.
RidgewoodResident January 01, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Is that supposed to be a threat, Jerome Davis?
RidgewoodResident January 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM
We don't know the story. Do you? I'll wait until the prosecutors make their case.
RidgewoodResident January 01, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Alright, tell us exactly what happened then?
RidgewoodResident January 01, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Okay what are the facts then? I'm not saying she's a crackhead, but she drove two men to and from the scene of a crime. Please enlighten me as to what part of the story we're missing out on?
tony g2010 January 02, 2013 at 02:03 AM
The soul sisters and Latinas are going to love her in the big house, she wants to hang with gangstas she will pay the price and get a face full of love. Bet anything those fine upstanding young men are already pinning the whole thing on her. An inside job if I ever saw one. Lay down with dogs you get up with fleas Too bad these punks were not shot dead on site.
tony g2010 January 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Jerome, you write like I imagine those guys speak. I know state troopers that talk about stupid little white girls that get caught up with Paterson trash like this. They thinks its fun at first, then get hooked on the pills or smack and become the bitches of these upstanding young men. Parents, if you see your daughters even talking to these types of men, do something or you will be visiting you daughter in jail for then next10-15 years, like this girls's.
To Read Is To Empower January 02, 2013 at 05:04 AM
Ugh..arguing over what? This thread makes even intelligent people appear to be ignorant, provincial and racist. A fence around Paterson? Soulsistahs? I'm almost to be a Wyckoff resident. An intelligent person understands there are consequences for poor behavior..and these three will soon learn what that means. Your zip code doesn't dictate who behaves well..or poorly for that matter. Paterson has good kids..and Wyckoff has some bad ones. Our judicial system will deal with these miscreants.
tony g2010 January 02, 2013 at 12:22 PM
Learning to write is empowering, your almost What? Your the racist, spelling sister the way you did, I'm almost ashamed you commented on this blog, ugh. I wrote the truth they are going to love to get their hands on this girl. http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2012/12/31/16267138-prescription-painkiller-overdoses-surpass-street-drugs?lite
John Briggs January 02, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Truly shocked to see something like this happen in Wyckoff, but I suppose it happens everywhere, no matter how affluent or community-minded town you live in. This situation could have been terrible if somebody was hit with that bullet. As a gun owner and a gun-advocate, I don't understand how anybody could read this article and think a gun, or a semi-automatic could have prevented this situation. The logic is pretty flawed. The victim would have had to had his semi-auto rifle ready when the two men approached him after he left his vehicle. Since we could presume it was dark at 11:30 at night, he would then have to be able to aim and shoot the two assailants in the dark. There is very little chance that if the victim had a gun, it would have solved any problem. I think there is a good case to make that if the victim had a gun, the situation could have turned more violent and would have risked other stray bullets flying around a residential neighborhood.
Isabel January 02, 2013 at 03:18 PM
<sigh> He meant "soulsistahs" in slang. Oh and it's "you're the racist" as in "you are," not your. You'll get the hang of it, just keep practicing ;)
tony g2010 January 02, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Touché, you're correct, but I am still right.
To Read Is To Empower January 02, 2013 at 06:15 PM
If you would like to correct my usuage and grammar, please be sure you are perfect. "Almost.." embarrassed to be a resident of this town, sir. Obviously this zip code does dictate elitism, as your statement clearly displays. Gangstas? I'm sure they would love to get their hands on you. Sometimes we learn our lessons in harsh ways, as these three will. Yes, contrary to popular belief, even "pretty white girls" make mistakes, and in turn, will encounter our judicial system.
Antonio January 02, 2013 at 07:07 PM
And this young girl surly would have alerted her co-conspiriters that her boss always carries, she knew he didn't so was an easy mark. Crimminals most always look for an easy mark. It may have been prevented from the "get go." Once bitten twice shy these guys new it should have been easy from experience without resistance.
John Briggs January 02, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Anthony Fowler - Not exactly sure what you are trying to say. Why exactly would the girl have known that her boss had a gun? Would he be walking around a pizza shop with a semi auto rifle thrown over his back?... like Rambo? Even if they had known that he carried a gun, wouldn't they just try to ambush or surprise him anyway, so he wouldn't have any chance to use his weapon? While I agree that criminals look for "easy" victims, I think you are giving these guys a little too much credit. Clearly, they aren't the brightest criminals. They likely picked this guy because they knew he had cash on him and knew where he would be after work with the cash. Having another gun in this mix wouldn't have solved anything. It could have easily escalated the situation.
Antonio January 02, 2013 at 10:43 PM
John Briggs, You totally missed the point, she worked for him, try to concentrate on what you read befere go off "half cocked" The Rambo comment typical lib spin, and walking around his food establishment with a gun showing would surely be irresponsible on his part, his employees should know that he would be ready to protect his employees, his business and himself and praise him, he would have his weapon close at hand in his business and most definately on his person when bringing home the reciepts. I am certainly very glad NO-ONE was hurt, they are ALL extremely lucky, and carrying money home from your business you better be on high alert from the minute you lock your doors in this day and age. Would like to know how you (presume) it was "in the dark" If he was walking around in the dark he should know he is an easy target and know better. Lucky the kid missed.
John Briggs January 03, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Anthony Fowler. You are totally missing the point, but I don't expect much more from you. You are the typical Gun Lover who purposely misses the point to protect your oh so precious 2nd amendment even though its not actualy being threatened. More guns aren't the answer (and this is coming from a gun owner and advocate). Moreover, why would any boss tell their employers they carry a gun? Its pretty obvious that you don't have any business experience because a boss doesnt boast about his guns to his employees. Telling me that I should read your comment before making my comment is pretty comical since your original comment was unreadable because you don't have the basic understanding of the english language, grammar or spelling. And I love that I have typical "lib spin" because I don't agree with your views.... Classic! And the reason I believe that it was dark when the victime came home was because the article said it was 11:20 at night. I realize that would require reading the full article though and clearly your reading comprehension is minimal.
Antonio January 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM
John Briggs, You can't see the forest for the trees, your comments atypical at best, then the personal attack for lack of being able to debate the facts. Again you should read, take a deep breath and concentrate on common sense. You seem irresponsible at best, the spin stops here..
John Briggs January 03, 2013 at 10:20 PM
So what exactly is the big picture that you are referring to? What is the common sense... that more guns are the answer? I'm done. You're clearly set in your ignorant ways and are unable to prove whatever point you are trying to make. I'm getting dumber by the minute here.
Anonymous January 25, 2013 at 06:19 AM
To be honest if you were actually Nicole's friend you wouldn't say anything. She has to give a statement about what happened in her perspective not yours (and what you think of her from growing up with Nicole). You obviously don't know the whole story because you weren't there, and if you were then you would be in jail too. You have no idea if she was "just picking them up and had no clue," or "actually planned this and knew what was happening the whole time," probably because you didn't all receive the one phone call she had to explain it too you. In my perspective she probably would have called her parents instead of her friends, sorry, but it does seem like the better option. It's pretty evident that when someone gets arrested for issues such as armed robbery people are going to think badly of them and form their opinion, I wouldn't see why they wouldn't to be honest. They are forming their views based on the public police report they read, and/or knowing the the victim. No one but the people involved know what actually happened, and the authorities are still trying to piece it together. Sorry, hearing about this as someone that went to high school with Nicole I had to comment to help you realize that you're wasting your time. Let people form their opinions, and support Nicole through her (big) rough patch, don't feed the fire because you're making it worse for your friend/sibling in the end.
Anonymous January 25, 2013 at 06:28 AM
http://thewyckoffjournal.com/local-events/armed-robbery-arrests/ Here are your updates to what happened since then, since you all seem to care about details. Hope this is helpful.


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