Italian mafia fugitive caught after 20 years on the run after he is spotted on GOOGLE MAPS in Spain

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Italian mafia fugitive is caught after twenty years on the run… after he is spotted on GOOGLE STREET VIEW in Spain

  • Gioacchino Gammino had been given a life sentence for a 1989 homicide in Italy
  • He escaped jail in 2002 and fled to Spain the place he modified his identify 
  • He opened a restaurant serving ‘Sicilian supper’ with Godfather-themed menu 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

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An Italian mafia fugitive has been caught after 20 years on the run after detectives spotted him on Google Maps in Spain.

Gioacchino Gammino, one in all Italy’s most wished mobsters who has been convicted of homicide, fled from a jail in Rome in 2002 and was residing below the radar in Galapagar, a city north of Madrid.

The 60-year-old had modified his identify, labored as a chef and opened a fruit and vegetable store.

An Italian mafia fugitive has been caught after 20 years on the run after detectives spotted him on Google Maps in Spain (pictured proper, by his grocery retailer)

But Italian police had been closing in on him and had a breakthrough after they spotted him by likelihood on Google Street View standing exterior a grocery store named El Huerto de Manu, Manu’s Garden.

Gammino had since modified his identify to Manuel.

Nearby, they discovered an inventory for a restaurant named Cocina de Manu which had been closed for a while.

But its Facebook web page was nonetheless seen on-line, exhibiting Gammino posing in his chef’s whites, and the menu had a specialty of Sicilian supper, with a design just like the icon black and white poster for The Godfather movie.

Gioacchino Gammino will now return to jail in Italy

But as an alternative of the puppeteer holding the strings behind Don Corleone, a pair of fingers had been holding a fork and spoon with spaghetti dangling down. 

The mafioso’s image on Facebook was recognisable to detectives because of a particular scar on his chin.

He was arrested on December 17 and was baffled at how police tracked him down, saying after his seize: ‘How did you discover me? I have not even phoned my household for the final 10 years.’

Gammino will now be returned to an Italian jail the place he will see out his life sentence for homicide. 

He has a litany of crimes on his cost sheet together with drug trafficking and mafia affiliation.

He was a part of the Stidda clan from Agrigento which had a bitter feud with the rival Cosa Nostra in Sicily.

The mobster was first arrested in 1984 and was probed by the famend anti-mafia prosecutor Giovanni Falcone.

 Gammino, who was spotted on Google road view, fled from a jail in Rome in 2002 and was residing below the radar in Galapagar, a city north of Madrid

The 60-year-old had modified his identify, labored as a chef and opened a fruit and vegetable store

He was arrested on December 17 and was baffled at how police tracked him down, saying after his seize: ‘How did you discover me? I have not even phoned my household for the final 10 years’

Gammino was later discovered responsible of murdering a passerby in Campobello di Licata after mistaking him for a mafioso in 1989.

After he was charged, he went on the run and was arrested in Barcelona in 1998.

He was extradited again to Italy and despatched to jail however pulled off a daring escape in 2002.

A movie was being shot in the Rebibbia jail at the time and he managed to stroll out to his freedom after he was confused for a prisoner’s relative.

Some consider an undercover mafia member in uniform could have helped his escape.

His arrest was the end result of a two-year joint operation led by detectives in Rome and Sicily.

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