Alleged Mafia Member Caught Attempting Escape From Federal Prison In New York


Officials in New York 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.

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 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.

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.