On June 12, 2006, 72-year-old Rhode Island native Edward “Eddie” Pollitelli arrived at the at Mama Mia New York Style Pizza and Pasta located in Stevenson Ranch, California. , a restaurant he had worked at before his retirement. Around 8:30 in the morning, Politelli was violently confronted by a still unidentified attacker who was carrying a machete. A co-worker told Police that he had heard Pollitelli say “don’t hurt me.” The co-worker thought that Pollitelli was joking around.
Authorities believe that the murderer stabbed and killed Politelli on a narrow cement walkway located behind the restaurant. No money had been stolen from the restaurant. There was video footage from an adjacent Mexican eatery that showed an individual walking along the front of the building around the time of the murder.
Some witnesses told authorities that a silver Dodge Magnum station wagon was used by the killer to make his getaway, but no one was close enough to get a good look at either the suspect or the vehicle’s license plate.
Motive in this murder is still unknown but it’s possible that this was a targeted killing.
The homicide suspect was described as young white or light skinned Hispanic male who was between the ages of 25 and 30 years old. He was around 5-foot-7-inches tall and about 160 pounds. The suspect was described as clean shaven with short brown spiky hair. He had worn a white T-shirt, blue jeans as well as a black sweatshirt. The suspect also had a backpack on his shoulder and possibly wielded a stun gun.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at (213) 229-1700.