Matthew Brown-Turner Charged in Murder of Cicero Pizzeria Owner Giovanni Donancricchia

Matthew A. Brown-Turner was arrested in connection with the murder of Cicero pizzeria owner Giovanni Donancricchia Thursday morning. Brown-Turner is expected to make his first court appearance Saturday morning.

The Chicago Sun Times reports Giovanni Donancricchia physically confronted Matthew Brown-Turner after he entered the establishment through the open back door and accosted his wife, who was working at the cash register of Albano’s Pizza, located at 5913 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Cicero, after closing time, a release from the town of Cicero said. Donancricchia was shot once in the chest after he was able to distract the gunman so his wife could get away.

On Thursday night a witness who knows the offender came forward and told police that the man was watching the TV News and had said that he was involved the shooting death at the pizza place. The witness called Cicero police and gave detectives Brown-Turner’s name and address. Detectives, tactical officers and patrol officers went to that address where a surveillance was set up.

At approximately 2 a.m. Friday Brown-Turner showed up and was taken into custody. During subsequent interviews he made statements implicating himself in the attempted robbery and the murder of Mr. Donancricchia, police said.

Matthew Brown-Turner  was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery on Friday evening.