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Rego Pk. woman cuff ed for role in three fatal hotel ODs
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
An alleged prostitute previously
from Rego Park has been
arrested for her alleged role
in causing three fatal drug overdoses
throughout the borough this summer
— including the death of an Elmhurst
chef who went missing last week.
Angelina Barini, 41, was charged
on Aug. 26 with conspiracy to
distribute and possess with intent to
distribute one or more substances
containing fentanyl. She was
arraigned on Monday at U.S. District
Court in Brooklyn and remanded
Law enforcement agents had
tied Barini — who sources familiar
with the investigation say her last
known residence is in Rego Park —
to three lethal drug overdoses that
occurred in Queens hotel rooms
between July and August of this
year. During the investigation, they
established that Barini allegedly
worked with others to distribute
narcotics to multiple clients and
would occasionally rob the victims
after they were incapacitated by
Barini is allegedly linked to the
death of Andrea Zamperoni, 33,
who was found inside the Kamway
Lodge, located at 40-36 77th St. in
Elmhurst, on Aug. 21. Zamperoni
had been officially reported
missing on Aug. 19.
Federal prosecutors said that
Barini and her associates seemed
willing to go to great lengths to try
and cover up Zamperoni’s death.
When investigators entered the
hotel room where he was found, they
discovered bedsheets drenched
in bleach, a power saw and an
The first death occurred at the
Airway Inn at LaGuardia, located
at 82-20 Astoria Blvd., where a
man was found dead in a room at
around 11:30 a.m. on July 4. The
medical examiner determined
that the victim’s cause of death
was acute intoxication due to
the combined effects of alcohol,
The second death occurred on
July 11 at the Crown Motor Inn,
located at 74-01 Queens Blvd.,
where a man was found dead inside
of a room.
The medical examiner found the
the victim’s death was caused by
Regarding the Zamperoni
case, police went to the Kamway
Lodge at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 and
knocked on the door, where Barini
allegedly opened the door and shut
According to federal prosecutors,
police allegedly heard what
sounded like moving around and,
when Barini opened the door,
smelled the odors of burning
incense and human decay.
Once inside the room, law
enforcement sources said, officers
observed bedsheets stuffed inside
a garbage can, and a human foot
sticking out of the bed linens.
Barini allegedly told police that
she did not do it, and blamed her
Medical personnel entered the
room and found Zamperoni and
declared him dead at the scene. The
medical examiner will determine
the cause of death.
Read more at QNS.com.
A police vehicle outside the Kamway Lodge in Elmhurst on Aug. 22 after a
man’s body was discovered there. Photo by Robert Stridiron
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