WHITE PLAINS, New York — A school security guard has been charged in a quadruple homicide case that has already ensnared a cop and led a retired officer to commit suicide as the FBI was closing in.
Joseph Biggs is the second suspect arrested in the slayings of the four men who investigators say were killed over a drug debt. Their bodies were found on the Otisville, New York property of Nicholas Tartaglione, a retired Briarcliff Manor cop who was arrested in December.
Biggs, who works as a school security guard in Hastings-On-Hudson, New York, is alleged to have been working with Tartaglione to sell five kilograms of cocaine.
He allegedly helped Tartaglione lure the four victims to a Chester, New York bar, the Likquid Lounge, where they were each shot in the back of the head, gangland style a part of a cocaine deal gone wrong, authorities said.
“Murders are always frightening, but when allegedly committed by people entrusted with the safety of others, it is all the more disturbing,” said acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.
Federal prosecutors were closing in on Biggs in March but were forced to take a step back after another suspect, ex-NYPD officer and international strongman competitor, Gerard “The White Rhino” Benderoth, shot himself to death as he was being pulled over by the FBI.
Biggs was charged with 17 counts, including kidnapping, narcotics conspiracy and unlawful use of firearms. He pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if convicted.