Victim: Charlie Russo
Address: Ye Old Fireplace, South Pleasantburg Drive
Date: May, 29, 1975
Cause of Death: Gunshot
On May 29, 1975 at approximately 12:15 a.m., two white male subjects entered the back door (kitchen) of the restaurant at closing time. Subjects were described as:
(1) 5’7”, 150-160 lbs, 20’s, blue eyes, slight curly dark hair, heavy voice, sun-tanned and wearing red bandana and armed with automatic pistol;
(2) Heavier, muscular, wearing blue bandana.
Rounding up the staff and guests as they made their way through the large, multi-room restaurant, the subjects ordered everyone to the floor and then made them crawl to the bathrooms.
Charlie Russo (a highly regarded saxophonist and member of the Charlie Spivak quintet) was in the band room when he was confronted and gunned down.
The owner of Ye Old Fireplace, Charlie Grubbs, reported a Smith & Wesson 38 cal. revolver (Serial No. 925J45), stolen during the robbery. This handgun has never been recovered. Grubbs also reported a yellow gold Pulsar wrist-watch taken.
After the robbery, the subjects took Charlie Grubbs' Continental which was later recovered at a nearby Howard Johnsons Motor Lodge located on S. Pleasantburg Drive at Augusta Road.
The murder weapon was later recovered in Columbia, SC during a drug raid.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at: Greenville Police Tip Line: 864-271-GCPD (271-4273) or Crimestoppers: 864-23-Crime (232-7463) or Detective C. Flavell 864-467-5344 or you may Email the Cold Case Unit