According to the Bureau of Corrections, the notorious New York City gangster who killed three people and tried to kill two others has escaped from federal custody following a recent transfer to an intermediate home. Dominic Taddeo, a hired assassin from a crime family in the Rochester area, escaped on March 28, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.
Taddeo, 64, was incarcerated in medium-stringent custody in Florida before being transferred to an apartment in Florida in February.
He did not return from an authorized medical visit and “was placed in refugee status,” a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons said on Monday.
Taddeo pleaded guilty in 1992 to racketeering charges, including the killing of three men during the mafia wars in the 1980s. In 1982 and 1983, Taddeo shot and killed Nicholas Mastrodonato, Gerald Pelusio and Dino Tortatice.
A federal judge in West New York City rejected Taddeo’s request for a compassionate release last year, dismissing his claim that health problems, including high blood pressure and obesity, put him at risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Prosecutors said medical records failed to show that Taddeo was particularly unhealthy.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons did not immediately answer the phone asking for information about the circumstances of Taddeo’s escape.
The Democrat & Chronicle reported that Taddeo had previously eluded authorities during a two-year raid after he was released on bail in 1987. He was eventually caught in 1989 trying to meet his brother in Cleveland, the newspaper said.
When he was brought back to Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle wrote: “Little, balding and hardly looking like a mafia killer who, according to investigators, shot three people out of the underworld, Dominic Taddeo returned to federal court in shackles.”