Forghedaboudit owner Kim Yacone murdered, husband and chef Bob Yacone charged with murder


LAS CRUCES — Kim Yacone, owner of Forghedaboudit Southwest Italian Cuisine in Picacho Hills, was shot dead Sunday night, Sheriff Kim Stewart said, in the bedroom of the home Yacone shared with her husband, chef Robert Yacone.

Kim Yacone was 48.

On Tuesday afternoon, Stewart gave the first new details about the incident since Sunday night, as deputies responded to 911 calls regarding an injured woman at the couple’s home on Vista de Oro.

Speaking at a news conference at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office headquarters, Stewart said the first call came at 7:42 p.m. from the couple’s son, Nick Yacone, 21, who said he had discovered his mother was apparently dead from a gunshot wound. He reported that there was a 12-gauge shotgun on a counter and that he thought his father might take his own life.

According to an affidavit accompanying a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, Nick Yacone was made aware of the situation by his older sister, Caleigh Yacone, who called him from her home in upstate New York to say that their father had her. called and confessed that he had shot their mother. .

According to the complaint, Bob Yacone, 59, returned to the home shortly after the son discovered his mother, reportedly crashed his vehicle into the home’s garage, and the son told detectives that the elder Yacone appeared to have been drinking. After escaping from the crime scene, the complaint states that the son sought help from a neighboring house and was told to “go away”.

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Meanwhile, Stewart said the minor child of Kim Yacone, a 17-year-old with special needs, had fled to a neighbor’s house and said his mother had been shot. That neighbor also called 911.

The situation then quickly unfolded, according to Stewart’s account. She said officers broke into the house and started a search, and they were soon told that Robert Yacone was still in the house. Deputies reportedly found Kim Yacone in the bedroom, apparently dead, with wounds to her face and back. The officers also made contact with her husband, who was sitting on a balcony off the bedroom. Yacone told officers he had a gun and a crisis negotiator immediately began asking for his surrender.

At 8:46 p.m., just over an hour after the initial 911 call, Stewart said shots were exchanged between Yacone and three deputies, with Yacone suffering unspecified gunshot wounds and being transported to a local hospital. According to the complaint, he sustained multiple wounds to the upper body and arm. No one else was reported injured. By default, the three agents are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by a multi-agency task force.

Yacone’s exact condition was unknown, but Stewart said he was expected to survive his injuries and be released from the hospital, where he is under guard, within a week.

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A warrant was issued for his arrest on Tuesday on charges of first degree murder (intentional and intentional) and receiving, transporting or possessing a firearm or destructive device by a criminal.

Stewart said the minor child was safe in the care of adult siblings and that three dogs living in the house were also safe and unharmed. The investigation into the home lasted until Sunday evening and Monday until the location was released on Tuesday, detectives said at the press conference.

Beginning of Forghedaboudit, legal issues

The couple started Forghedaboudit as a small pizza business in 2013 while living in Deming. The company grew in popularity and the Yacones were known for their involvement in local charitable efforts. As the business grew and the kitchen won national awards, the couple planned to expand to a Las Cruces location; but the Yacones also became known for their behavior, which included loud arguments in front of customers, controversial social media posts, and repeated criminal charges against Chef Bob Yacone.

Robert Yacone pleaded for no contest to commit child abuse in 2014. When indicted for a traffic accident in Deming in 2018, a charge of possession of a firearm while a felon was dropped because he received a suspended sentence.

In the 2018 case, Yacone was alleged to have pointed a gun at a motorist during that incident, but he ultimately pleaded disorderly conduct in the Sixth Judicial Court.

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Stewart said DASO had responded to the couple’s home more than a dozen times since January, two of them for reports of domestic violence. In 2020, Bob Yacone was arrested on a domestic battery charge, but the charges were dropped.

In 2022, Kim Yacone petitioned in February, March and August to demand protection orders against her husband for domestic violence. Bob Yacone filed two counter-claims for abuse by her. Kim Yacone repeatedly asked the court to reject protection orders because the couple was in therapy.

Kim Yacone filed for divorce in February, according to court records, but appeared to interrupt the process in March. In August, she requested a hearing and a judge was appointed for the proceedings. In recent weeks, she had posted in several local Facebook groups to sell some of her belongings, hinting at leaving her home.

Third District Judge Mary Rosner had signed a temporary protective order on Friday, Sept. 16, ordering Kim Yacone to vacate the home and give temporary custody of the minor child to her husband. A hearing was scheduled for September 26.

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Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, [email protected] or @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Forghedaboudit chief Bob Yacone charged with the death of wife Kim


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