Sumter County

New York mobster who killed 3 apprehended after escaping federal custody in Central Florida

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. — Update: The Rochester, New York mobster who escaped federal custody by walking away from a halfway house near Orlando was apprehended Monday morning in Hialeah, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release.

Dominic Taddeo, 64, failed to return from a previously authorized medical appointment March 28, the news release states.

Taddeo was apprehended without incident by the U.S. Marshals Service from the Southern District of Florida and the Florida Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force around 11 a.m. Monday.

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A New York mobster who killed three people and attempted to kill two others has escaped from federal custody after recently being moved to a halfway house, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Dominic Taddeo, a hit man from a Rochester-area crime family, escaped on March 28, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.


Taddeo, 64, had been imprisoned at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Coleman Medium in Sumter County before he was transferred to a Wildwood residential halfway house in February.

Taddeo failed to return from an authorized medical appointment and “was placed on escape status” on Monday, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said.

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Taddeo pleaded guilty in 1992 to racketeering charges that included the killings of three men during mob wars in the 1980s.

A federal judge in western New York denied Taddeo’s request for compassionate release last year, rejecting his claim that health problems including hypertension and obesity put him at risk for serious complications from COVID-19. Prosecutors said medical records did not show that Taddeo was particularly unhealthy.

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