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Police nab Mafia fugitive who fled through sewer

Police nab Mafia fugitive who fled through sewer

A Mafia fugitive who narrowly eluded arrest this week by fleeing though a small town's sewer system was captured Wednesday as he scrambled across a rooftop in another daring escape bid, police said.
Investigators say the mobster Giuseppe Setola masterminded a terror spree that has bloodied the Caserta area of southern Italy for several months as part of a power struggle within the Camorra crime syndicate.
Described by police as a sharpshooting hit-man, Setola, 38, has been convicted of murder and sentenced in absentia to life in prison. Setola escaped in the spring from house arrest, which was granted so he could recover from a purported eye problem.
Setola "was trying to escape by rooftop, further proof the he sees very well," Carabinieri paramilitary police Col. Carmelo Burgio told Sky TG24 TV.
On Monday, as dozens of police surrounded his hideout in a town near Caserta, he darted through a trap door. That connected to a sewer system, which he obviously "had studied very well," Burgio said.
Shortly after Setola eluded police, he resurfaced near a road in the countryside, forced a woman to get out of a car she was driving, took the vehicle and kept going, investigators said.
Setola was arrested Wednesday in the small town of Mignano Monte Lungo, less than 48 hours later.
The Italian news agency ANSA said the house where Setola was captured was adjacent to a clinic where the convicted crime boss had apparently sought treatment for injuries suffered in Monday's spectacular escape.
Setola had "sought treatment for wounds suffered during his escape" on Monday in another hamlet, Trentola Ducenta, Naples anti-Mafia Prosecutor Franco Roberti told The Associated Press by telephone.
Police were apparently tipped to Setola's presence in the clinic.
Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, whose ministry includes police forces, praised Setola's arrest as a "very serious blow to the Camorra."
Police say they believe Setola had carried out some of the 18 or so killings in the countryside and small towns near Caserta last year.
In particular, he is suspected of ordering the gangland-style murders of six Ghanian immigrants. Investigators have theorized the Africans were slain to warn immigrants to stay out of drug trafficking, one of the Camorra's illicit sources of income.
In a past photo of Setola distributed by authorities, he is wearing dark glasses and a white patch over one eye.


Updated : 2021-08-05 22:38 GMT+08:00