An alleged Luchese crime family soldier was accused in White Plains federal court Wednesday of an elaborate plot to break out of the Brooklyn federal jail involving dental floss, a hacksaw blade smuggled in by a priest and a rope made out of hoarded sheets.
Christopher Londonio, 43, of Hartsdale, held since February on a multidefendant racketeering case being heard in White Plains, allegedly used dental floss “as a cutting tool to tamper with a window” at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, prosecutors said.
The government said the plot, revealed by another prisoner, also involved a plan to ask a priest to bring in a saw blade and to stockpile sheets and blankets that could be assembled into a rope.
“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,” said New York FBI Director William Sweeney. “However, the outlandish choice of dental floss and even allegedly asking a priest to assist in the escape defies comprehension.”
The attempted escape charge was added to an indictment of Londonio and 18 other alleged mobsters.
He faces up to life in prison or the death penalty along with alleged Luchese street boss Matthew Madonna, underboss Steven “Wonder Boy” Crea Sr. and others. His lawyer did not return a call for comment.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel, prosecutors said their evidence of the escape plot included phone and email records showing efforts to solicit help from associates in the Bronx, photos showing tampering with Londonio’s cell window, and “numerous bedsheets” secreted in his cell.
“Although sounding like a script for a made-for-TV movie,” said acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, “the charges allege yet another serious federal crime against Londonio.”