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A City Is On Edge After One Of The World’s Most Wanted Men Escapes From A Prison In Central Uruguay

An Italian mafia boss known as the “cocaine king of Milan” has escaped from prison in Uruguay where he was awaiting extradition to Italy. He made a brazen escape from a prison located in the heart of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital city.

Italian mob boss Rocco Morabito, known as the “Cocaine King of Milan,” escaped from an Uruguayan prison while awaiting extradition to Italy.

A manhunt was underway on Tuesday after an Italian mafia boss led a brazen jailbreak in the center of Uruguay’s capital, infuriating the Italian government that awaited his extradition.

Morabito – dubbed ‘the king of cocaine’ – was one of Italy’s most-wanted men and had been on the run for 23 years.

They made a daring escape through the detention center’s rooftop.

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Rocco Morabito, 52, and three other inmates “escaped through a hole in the roof” of a police detention center in downtown Montevideo late on Sunday, before breaking into a neighboring apartment and exiting onto the street, Uruguay’s interior ministry said in a statement.

Elida Ituarte, a 70-year-old woman who lives in a fifth-floor apartment next to the jail, told AFP news agency she was startled to see four men in her living room at midnight on Sunday.

“What are you doing? Who are you?” she said she shouted. The oldest of the four, apparently Morabito, told her the caretaker had called them to fix a leaking pipe.

“I left the window open. As I live next to the prison, I felt safe and secure,” she said.

When Ituarte found the keys to let them out, the four men ran down the stairs and onto the street.

The jail is known as Montevideo’s Central Prison and is located on a busy street surrounded by apartments, restaurants, and shops.

The Italian government is not happy about the news.

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Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reacted angrily to the “disconcerting and serious” news.

“I make two commitments: first to shed full light on how he escaped, asking for an immediate explanation from the Montevideo government. Then we will continue the hunt for Morabito, wherever he is,” Salvini said.

It seems that Morabito had been living in Uruguay for quite a while before his capture.

Morabito, who obtained Uruguayan papers after presenting a false Brazilian passport in the name of Francisco Capeletto, is thought to have arrived in Uruguay in 2002, where he bought a luxurious villa in the southern coastal resort of Punta del Este.

A search of his properties uncovered 13 mobile phones, 12 bank cards, two cars, 150 passport-sized photos of him in various disguises plus a Portuguese passport, a number of jewels, about $50,000 in cash and a 9mm pistol.

Italian authorities blamed the escape on the long wait for extradition.

“It’s bad news,’’ said Nicola Gratteri, the anti-mafia chief prosecutor in the Italian city of Catanzaro. “Things like this can surely happen everywhere. The problem is that this is another side-effect of the long waiting times for the extraditions. It’s time for politicians to discuss new agreements with the South American countries, like the ones the authorities struck with Colombia a few years ago, that means criminals could now be extradited within 48 hours.’’

Morabito has spent nearly two and a half years in jail awaiting the formal extradition request by Italy. He had tried in various ways to evade extradition to Italy and had often insulted the judge at a recent hearing to try to get the proceedings suspended.

Twenty-Three Children Have Been Rescued From Kidnappers After Being Found In A House In Chiapas, Mexico

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Twenty-Three Children Have Been Rescued From Kidnappers After Being Found In A House In Chiapas, Mexico

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The search for a two-year-old boy named Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez, who went missing three weeks ago, has led to the rescue of 23 other abducted children. At the time of his kidnapping, Pérez had been with his mother in a market in Chiapas, Mexico. Surveillance video of the kidnapping showed Pérez being taken away from the market by a young girl. The video tipped off authorities to a broader scheme where children were being used to abduct other minors.

After Pérez’s disappearance, his mother and other family member began a desperate search to find him and bring him home.

Juana Pérez, the boy’s mother, traveled to Mexico City earlier this month as part of an effort to appeal to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to help find her son. Like her son, Juana speaks the Indigenous language Tzotzil. She works at the market where her son had been taken and sells produce there. Speaking with authorities investigating his case, she explained that it was customary for him to sometimes wander off to play. Kidnapping had previously never been an issue that she had heard of occurring at the market before.

In an interview with the National Palace in Mexico City, Juana said that her son was not amongst the children that had been found by authorities.

“None of the children (rescued) is my son,” Pérez said in an interview according to ABC11. “I haven’t heard anything about my son.” The outlet says Juana described her son as “a chubby, happy boy who market vendors nicknamed ‘Gordito’ and tearfully appealed for help in finding him.”

The search for Pérez continues but officials say that his kidnapping has led to the rescue of over twenty-three other abducted children.

In a statement issued by the Chiapas state prosecutors’ office, it was confirmed that the children were between the ages of 2 and 15 years old. They were found by officers in a home in the colonial city of San Cristobal de las Casas.

Three infants between three and 20 months old, were also found during the raid which took place on Monday. According to the prosecutors’ office, the children “were forced through physical and psychological violence to sell handicrafts in the center of the city.” The statement added that the abducted minors showed signs of “malnutrition and precarious conditions.”

“According to the children, many of them were forced to go out on the streets to sell things, and moreover they were forced to return with a certain minimum amount of money for the right to get food and a place to sleep at the house,” state prosecutor Jorge Llaven told ABC11.
Prosecutors say the children were forced to sleep on sheets of cardboard laid out on a cement floor.

Three women have been arrested in the case and will likely face human trafficking and forced labor charges. The rescued children have been handed over to child welfare authorities while the search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez continues.

A White Couple Attacked A Black Hotel Worker At A Quality Inn

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A White Couple Attacked A Black Hotel Worker At A Quality Inn

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Crystal Caldwell, a 59-year-old front desk worker at a Quality Inn in Mystic Connecticut was on duty when a guest called her to complain that his hot water was not working. What should have been a quickly fixed mistake, soon became an all-out assault against Caldwell and is now being investigated as a hate crime.

Two suspects were arrested after being accused of attacking a Black hotel worker in Connecticut.

According to The Day newspaper Caldwell had offered the man over the phone to have his hot water fixed or find him a new room but before things could be resolved the man became irate and cursed at her. Things began to escalate when he claimed he would send his girlfriend to “kick her a**.” 

According to the New York Daily News, the man who has been identified as Philip Sarner headed to the front desk to confront Caldwell. She called her supervisors who tried to calm him down but Sarner soon attacked her and tried to jump over the desk. In the midst of his rage, he called her an “old monkey” while repeatedly punching her.

After police were called, Caldwell went to get ice from the hotel’s hallway and was soon confronted by Sarner’s girlfriend Emily Orbay. Orbay attacked her and was soon joined by Sarner.

The violent attack left Caldwell with bruises, damage to her right eye, and a concussion. She also suffers from injuries to her rib.

Caldwell was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

Caldwell claims that during the attack the two called her racial slurs and criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

Caldwell says that during the attack Orbay and Sarner yelled “Black Lives Matter? Your life doesn’t matter, you don’t deserve to live on this earth.” Both Orbay and Sarner were arrested on Monday in Brooklyn, New York by United States Marshals and NYPD. According to NBC Connecticut reports “Sarner is charged with second degree assault, third degree assault and intimidation based on bigotry and bias. Orbay is charged with two counts of third degree assault and intimidation based on bigotry and bias.”

Caldwell says the incident was very hard for her and an implication of a much bigger problem in our society.

“I am almost 60 years old, for him to want to physically fight me is very, very, very, very hard for me,” Caldwell said. “I should not have to be begging for my life, that was devastating because there are people that are dying, that are dead. This goes beyond police, these are just regular people, American citizens with hate. That man had so much hate for me in his heart.”