Dominic Taddeo, Mob Hitman Who Killed 3, Recaptured After Week On the Run

A New York mobster and hitman who killed three people and attempted to take the lives of two others has been captured a week after he escaped from custody.

Dominic Taddeo, 64, escaped from federal custody on March 28 after going to an approved medical appointment but failed to return. He had less than a year left on his sentence and was staying in a halfway house that works with inmates for scheduled release, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

Taddeo was recaptured by the U.S. Marshals in Hialeah, Florida, on April 4, according to the Democrat and Chronicle. No further information about his capture was provided.

"The tenacious work of the involved deputy marshals and the cooperation between our offices resulted in the quick capture of Mr. Taddeo," said U.S. Marshal Bill Berger of the Middle District of Florida.

Taddeo was serving a 54-year sentence after pleading guilty in 1992 to several crimes. He was most known for killing three people, attempted assassination of two others, and conspiracy to kill another. Prior to living in the halfway house, he was incarcerated in a medium-security prison in Coleman, Florida, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

He has an extensive criminal history and allegedly worked with the La Cosa Nostra organized crime family in Rochester, New York. He had prior convictions for assault, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to commit racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) crimes, the newspaper reported.

Taddeo was a contract killer during mob wars in the 1980s. In 1982 and 1983, he shot and killed Nicholas Mastrodonato, Gerald Pelusio and Dino Tortatice. He had also planned to kill others, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

In 1983, Taddeo was hired to kill prominent mob figure, Thomas Marotta, on two occasions. In April, Marotta survived the first attempt after leaving an apartment and being struck by six bullets. Taddeo tried again seven months later and struck Marotta with three bullets, but he survived, the paper reported.

Several years later, Taddeo was picked up by authorities for federal firearm charges but was released in 1987. He spent the next several years moving around the East and Midwest using dozens of aliases to conceal his identity. Authorities later found him with the help of an informant while Taddeo was planning to meet his brother in Cleveland, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.

In 1992, Taddeo was sentenced to 30 years for crimes related to drugs, federal weapons and jumping bail. U.S. District Judge Michael Telesca added 20 more years for two counts of racketeering and an additional four years for weapon possession, the Buffalo News reported.

The Democrat and Chronicle said records showed that in recent years Taddeo had a clean disciplinary record in prison and took part in several educational opportunities. Taddeo asked for a compassionate release in 2020, citing health issues and the COVID-19 pandemic, but was denied by U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. due to his criminal record.

Newsweek reached out to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

Update 4/4/22, 4:45 p.m. ET: This article was updated to reflect the capture of Taddeo.

Update 4/1/22, 10:57 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information.

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Dominic Taddeo, a New York mobster and hitman who killed three people, escaped from custody in Florida on March 28, 2022. Mark Ralston/ AFP/Getty Images