March 3, 2020 — The FBI had a Chicago bar and mob headquarters under surveillance last month when a murder occurred outside the establishment, according to exclusive Gangster Report sources. After the Chicago Police interviewed and released the suspect on February 24, the Feds pushed Cook County prosecutors for homicide charges to be filed, these sources claim.

On Monday, 30-year old Thomas Tansey was charged with murdering Kenny Paterimos in the late-night hours of February 21 on the sidewalk in front of Richard’s Bar on Chicago’s near west side. Richard’s Bar is the longtime nerve center of the Outfit’s Grand Avenue crew, led by reputed Chicago mafia capo and street boss Albert (Albie the Falcon) Vena. Whether or not Tansey has any connection to Vena’s mob crew or if Vena was present at the time of the incident is unclear.

Tansey, who has a history of violent behavior, stabbed Paterimos, 23, to death with a box cutter outside Richard’s Bar at around 11:30 p.m. after an altercation inside the bar was allegedly escalated with a homophobic slur Tansey hurled at Paterimos. Bouncers had tossed Tansey, an ex-Marine, out of the bar minutes earlier. He waited for Paterimos to exit the tavern and then attacked him, according to the arrest warrant. A bloodied Paterimos stumbled back into the bar following being stabbed and collapsed.

As of Monday night, Tansey remained at large. During his initial interrogation by CPD detectives, he told investigators he had stabbed Paterimos in self defense. In 2016, Tansey was convicted of assault out of suburban Arlington Heights and received probation.

Paterimos lived in what is referred to as the Windy City’s West Town neighborhood and was known to frequent Richard’s Bar at the Grand Avenue and Halsted intersection. Friends and family members of Paterimos have scheduled a protest outside Richard’s Bar for Tuesday.

Richard’s Bar and the La Scrola Italian restaurant next door has been the headquarters of the Grand Avenue mob crew since the 1990s when it was run by the legendary Joey (The Clown) Lombardo. Shortly after Lombardo’s arrest in 2006 in the epic Operation Family Secrets, sources claim the diminutive, highly feared Albie Vena, called by some the most dangerous man walking the streets of Chicago today, assumed control of the crew. Lombardo died of natural causes in prison back in October.

Multiple sources say at some point in the past decade, Vena, 71, was promoted to overall street boss of Windy City mob affairs. Grand Avenue crew soldiers and associates are known to carry box cutters for enforcement duties claim sources.

Vena has been the target of a multi-agency investigation into racketeering and a series of cold case gangland murders for the last several years. Reputed Grand Avenue affiliate Bobby Dominic owns the building where Richard’s Bar and La Scrola is located.

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