A notorious New York gangster who killed three people and tried to kill two others has escaped from federal custody after being recently moved to a halfway house, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Dominic Taddeo, a hit man from a crime family in the Rochester area, escaped on March 28, according to Bureau of Prisons website.
Taddeo, 64, had been imprisoned in a medium-sized security lock in Florida before being transferred to a halfway house, also in Florida, in February.
In 1992, Taddeo pleaded guilty to extortion, which included the killing of three men during the 1980s war. In 1982 and 1983, Taddeo shot dead Nicholas Mastrodonato, Gerald Pelusio and Dino Tortatice.
A federal judge in western New York denied Taddeo’s request for compassionate release last year and rejected his claim that health problems including high blood pressure and obesity put him at risk for serious complications of covid-19. Prosecutors said medical records did not show Taddeo was particularly unhealthy.
A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons did not immediately call for information about the circumstances surrounding Taddeo’s escape.
It reported The Democrat & Chronicle that Taddeo had previously escaped the authorities during a two-year chase after being released on bail in 1987. He was finally arrested in 1989 when he tried to meet his brother in Cleveland, the newspaper reported.
When brought back to Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle wrote: “Small, bald and hardly looked like the furniture killer investigators say shot down three underground figures, Dominic Taddeo returned to federal court in handcuffs.”