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Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Alleged Mafia Soldier Charged With Attempting To Escape From Federal Pretrial Detention Facility

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) announced today the filing of a Superseding Indictment charging CHRISTOPHER LONDONIO with attempting to escape from the Metropolitan Detention Center (“MDC”), in Brooklyn.

LONDONIO has been detained at the MDC since February 2017 in connection with murder and racketeering charges pending in White Plains federal court.  The Superseding Indictment re-alleges previously filed charges against LONDONIO and 18 other members and associates of the Luchese Family of La Cosa Nostra, who are charged with racketeering, murder, narcotics offenses, and firearms offenses.  LONDONIO will be arraigned on the new charge at the next pretrial conference, which is currently scheduled for September 20, 2017.  The case is assigned to United States District Judge Cathy Seibel.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:  “Already detained on racketeering and murder charges, Luchese soldier Christopher Londonio, allegedly hatched a scheme to break out of federal prison with a hacksaw blade and a rope made from tied-up bedsheets. Although sounding like a script for a made-for-tv movie, the charges allege yet another serious federal crime against Londonio. As alleged, with this latest chapter in his years-long life in the mob, Londonio adds to the string of crimes he must now face, in a criminal justice system he was desperately seeking to escape.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said:  “Someone facing federal charges of murder, extortion, racketeering, and a litany of other crimes may feel a certain desperation to attempt breaking out of jail to avoid justice.  However, the outlandish choice of dental floss, and even allegedly asking a priest to assist in the escape defies comprehension.  The attempts didn't work, and now the subject in this case faces even more charges for his alleged criminal behavior.”

According to the allegations in the Superseding Indictment[1] and other documents in the public record:

In or about June 2017, LONDONIO and another detainee concocted a plan to escape from the MDC.  In furtherance of the plan, LONDONIO used dental floss as a cutting tool to tamper with a window in the facility.  He also planned to solicit a priest to smuggle a saw blade into the facility, and secretly stockpiled a large number of sheets and blankets, intending to use them as a rope to aid in his escape.  The plan was foiled after a fellow detainee reported the escape plan to the authorities.

 

La Cosa Nostra or “the Mafia” is a criminal organization composed of leaders, members, and associates who work together and coordinate to engage in a multitude of criminal activities.  In addition to the attempted escape charge, the Superseding Indictment alleges that from at least in or about 2000 up to and including in or about 2017, MATTHEW MADONNA, STEVEN CREA, Sr., a/k/a “Wonder Boy,” JOSEPH DINAPOLI, STEVEN CREA, Jr., DOMINIC TRUSCELLO, JOHN CASTELUCCI, a/k/a “Big John,” TINDARO CORSO, a/k/a “Tino,” JOSEPH VENICE, JAMES MAFFUCCI, a/k/a “Jimmy the Jew,” JOSEPH DATELLO, a/k/a “Big Joe,” a/k/a “Joey Glasses,” PAUL CASSANO, a/k/a “Paulie Roast Beef,” CHRISTOPHER LONDONIO, TERRENCE CALDWELL, a/k/a “T,” VINCENT BRUNO, BRIAN VAUGHAN, CARMINE GARCIA, a/k/a “Spanish Carmine,” RICHARD O’CONNOR, ROBERT CAMILLI, and JOHN INCATASCIATO, along with other members and associates of La Cosa Nostra, committed a wide array of crimes in connection with their association with the mafia, including murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery, extortion, gambling, narcotics trafficking, witness tampering, fraud, money laundering, and trafficking in contraband cigarettes. 

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LONDONIO, 43, is a resident of Hartsdale, New York.  The attempted escape charge, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 751(a), carries a maximum prison term of five years.  A chart containing the ages, residency information, and charges against all of the defendants named in the Superseding Indictment, as well as the maximum penalties they face, is attached.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencings of the defendants will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Kim praised the outstanding investigative work of the Special Investigative Services of the Bureau of Prisons and the FBI’s Joint Organized Crime Task Force, which is composed of agents and detectives of the FBI, NYPD, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.  He added that the investigation is continuing.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Hartman, Hagan Scotten, and Jacqueline Kelly are in charge of the prosecution.  The case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit and White Plains Division.

The charges contained in the Superseding Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.   

 

 

United States v. Mathew Madonna, et al., S3 17 Cr. 89 (CS)

 

DEFENDANT

AGE

CITY OF RESIDENCE

CHARGES

MAX SENT.

Madonna, Matthew

81

Incarcerated

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 924(j)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life or the death penalty

Crea, Sr., Steven

69

Crestwood, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 924(j)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life or the death penalty

DiNapoli, Joseph

81

Bronx, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Crea, Jr., Steven

45

New Rochelle, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 924(j)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life or the death penalty

Truscello, Dominic

83

Staten Island, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Castelucci, John

57

Staten Island, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Corso, Tindaro

56

Staten Island, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Venice, Joseph

56

Yonkers, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Maffucci, James

69

Manhattan, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C.  § 846

Life

Datello, Joseph

66

Staten Island, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C.  § 846

Life

Londonio, Christopher

43

Incarcerated

18 U.S.C. § 751(a)

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 924(j)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C. § 846

Life or the death penalty

Cassano, Paul

38

Yonkers, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Caldwell, Terrence

59

Incarcerated

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 924(j)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(1)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(5)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life or the death penalty

Bruno, Vincent

33

Incarcerated

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(3)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

Life

Vaughan, Brian

51

Matawan, NJ

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C.  § 846

Life

Garcia, Carmine

65

Hawthorne, NJ

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C.  § 846

Life

O’Connor, Richard

63

Staten Island, NY

18 U.S.C. § 924(c)

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

21 U.S.C.  § 846

Life

Camilli, Robert

60

Briarcliff Manor, NY

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

20 Years

Incatasciato, John

42

Elmsford, NY

18 U.S.C. § 1962(d)

20 Years

 

 

[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Superseding Indictment, and the descriptions of the Superseding Indictment set forth below, are only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

 

Press Release Number: 
17-294
Updated September 13, 2017