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An infamous Italian mafia boss, Rocco Morabito, reportedly escaped through a hole in an Uruguayan prison roof late Sunday night.
Morabito, accompanied by three other prisoners, immediately robbed occupants of a nearby home upon escaping, according to a statement by Matteo Salvini, the Italian Interior minister.
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Morabito and his accomplices were allegedly hospitalized in the prison infirmary prior to the escape. The prisoners reportedly escaped through an exposed hole in the ceiling of the room, climbed to the roof of the prison and fled to a neighboring apartment. Morabito and his accomplices then moved to rob a 70-year-old woman occupying the apartment, according to authorities.
The woman, Elida Ituarte, claims that the four men jumped over the barbed wire-covered prison wall onto her balcony. When asked why they broke into her home, Morabito reportedly told Ituarte that they were called by her caretaker to fix a leaking pipe.
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After robbing Ituarte, she apparently used her house keys to let them out, allowing the four men to escape onto the street. The prison is centrally located in Montivideo, surrounded by a series of restaurants, apartments and shops. The current whereabouts of Morabito and the other prisoners are unknown.
Hailing from the southern Italian commune of Africo, Morabito originally migrated to Milan at age 23 and made a name for himself as an elusive cocaine smuggler.
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