Diner murder conspiracy on court agenda

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STATE — Georgios Spyropoulos, the former manager of the Tick Tock Diner in Clifton, is scheduled to be in court this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. before Superior Court Judge Donald J. Volkert Jr. in Paterson.

Spyropolous is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and unlawful possession of a weapon in connection with his alleged plot to hire a hit man to kill his uncle, Alexandros Sgourdos, a 57-year-old co-owner of the diner in Clifton and another restaurant of the same name in Manhattan.

The alleged plot was foiled by the New Jersey State Police in April 2013 utilizing an undercover detective who posed as a hit man. The Division of Criminal Justice, within the state Attorney General’s Office, is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents,

Georgios Spyropoulos, the 45-year-old manager of Tick Tock diner in Clifton, New Jersey, appeared in state Superior Court in Paterson in shackles on April. On May 21, Spyropoulos posted $600,000 bail to remain under house arrest at his Clifton home wearing an ankle monitor.

Georgios Spyropoulos, the 45-year-old manager of Tick Tock diner in Clifton, New Jersey, appeared in state Superior Court in Paterson in shackles on April. On May 21, Spyropoulos posted $600,000 bail to remain under house arrest at his Clifton home wearing an ankle monitor. He is scheduled to be in court this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. before Superior Court Judge Donald J. Volkert Jr. in Paterson.

gave a policeman, who was pretending to be a hit man, a chrome-plated revolver wrapped in a dishtowel in order to kill his uncle, whom Spyropoulos believed to have a considerable amount of money.

The documents also indicated that he gave an informant a pastry box containing roach spray and insect traps, as a disguise so the hit man would pretend to be an exterminator to manage to enter in the target’s house.

Officials said that Spyropoulos wanted the combination to a safe at the diner to be extracted from Sgourdos before murdering him, so money from the safe could be paid to the hit man.


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