Police: Woodbury man told driver she ran over his foot, tried to extort her

A Woodbury man is accused of trying to extort nearly $2,000 from an 18-year-old driver.

News 12 Staff

May 13, 2019, 9:50 AM

Updated 1,844 days ago

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A Woodbury man is accused of trying to extort nearly $2,000 from an 18-year-old driver.
Police say it all began Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a Woodbury shopping center on Jericho Turnpike. Peter Cannetti, 34, allegedly approached the victim's car and accused her of running over his foot.
Sources say the girl got scared and wasn't sure if she actually ran over his foot. Police say Cannetti told her he'd call authorities and her parents if she didn't give him $100, so she did.
News 12 has learned the driver is the daughter of a well-known state Supreme Court judge who handles criminal cases in Suffolk County.
Cannetti said on his way to court Monday: "She begged me not to call the police and report it. I thought I was doing her a favor."
On Mother's Day, police say Cannetti called the girl on her cellphone while she was at her Huntington home and tried to extort from her an additional $1,700.
Cannetti was arrested later Sunday night in the parking lot of Chase bank in Woodbury. Police say when he realized he was caught, he rammed his vehicle into an unmarked police car.
Cannetti cried in court as he was arraigned Monday on an attempted grand larceny charge. He was released after posting $500 bail.
News 12 is not naming the victim but did ask the judge if he or his daughter would speak about the incident. The judge declined. Cannetti's attorney also had no comment.


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