Tick Tock Diner manager due in court for murder plot

Posted at 11:13 AM, Apr 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-12 11:13:09-04

PATERSON, N.J. (PIX11) — Tick Tock Diner manager Georgios Spyropoulos, 45, is expected in Superior Court in Paterson, New Jersey Friday.

The Bergen Record reported his attorney said Spyropoulos plans to plead not guilty to the charges against him, stemming from an alleged murder for hire plot.

Spyropoulos is accused of trying to hire a hit man to torture and kill his uncle, Alexandros Sgourdos, 57. But law enforcement said the would-be hit man was actually a New Jersey State Trooper and the co-conspirator was a state police informer.

Greed allegedly motivated the diner manager to want his uncle killed. Sgourdos owned the Clifton diner and managed the Manhattan location as well. Spyropoulos allegedly wanted to steal cash from a safe there.

The Bergen Record reported Friday that Spyropoulos allegedly asked the hired hit man to kill more people once Sgourdos was murdered and his body dumped.

Another allegation reported from the North Jersey paper; three waitresses at the Tick Tock Diner accused Spyropoulos of sexually harassing them. One woman allegedly claimed he threatened to fire her if she didn’t have sex with him. Charges were never filed.