Joseph Quartieri - New York - 1979 Mar 14, 2013 11:47:43 GMT -5
Post by theczar on Mar 14, 2013 11:47:43 GMT -5
Fugitive Profile as of August 31st, 2014 (Based on NY State 100 Most Wanted/2011 AMW archive):
Height: 5' 3"
Date of Birth: 10/19/1948
Scars, Marks, Tattoos: upper left arm/star pentagram; 2" scar, right side of mouth to chin; left index finger; scar back;
Alias(es): Joseph Anderson, Joseph DeStefano, Anthony Melano, Joseph DeAngelo, Anthony Quartieri, Anthony Milano, Joseph Deajro, Joseph DeAngelio, Joseph Wyman, Joseph Quadero, Joseph Quartier
Who to call if you've seen him: US Marshals Service 1-877-WANTED-2
Joseph Quartieri is wanted for escaping from jail while facing charges of armed robbery and the attempted murder of a police officer.
Quartieri was a low-level associate of the Gambino crime family who had serve 8 years in prison and had been arrested 2 dozen times. He had already robbed two other jewelry stores and was casing another. The people working the store recognized what he was up to and got the police there. A shootout soon ensued, but no one was injured. Quartieri was later arrested, but was able to escape the jail. In the blog I linked, it claims that Quartieri robbed a Dunkin Donuts after he escaped, and that was the last anyone heard from or seen of him.
In 2002, during the funeral of John Gotti, authorities had the identities of everyone attending except for one man. They believed it might have been Quartieri. Tips later led U.S. Marshalls to the man's address, where it was revealed he was a former cop who had attended school with Gotti. This meant the trail to Quartieri is still cold. He was profiled from 1993-2007, I believe.
The blog mentioned two possible theories regarding his fate. One was that he was smuggled out of the country by his organized crime associates. The other was that he was killed after he came to collect money over some stolen jewelry. I tend to believe the later more, but I have problems with both.
1. There is no way the mob would've wasted all the time, money, and resources it would take to smuggle someone out of the country for someone like Quartieri. The impression I get is that he was very low on the mob totem pole, considering he spent most of his adult life in prison. Add the fact that he was a herion addict and that he tried to kill a cop, I think the mob would've simply just killed him and disposed of the body so it could never be recovered.
2. If the mob did kill him, with all the informants that they have spit out, wouldn't at least one of them know about it, or at the very least heard rumors? I find it hard to believe that of all the mobsters to turn evidence, not one heard anything about what might have happened to Quartieri.
This may indicate though that Quartieri fled somewhere and became legitimate. This to seems hard to believe, but its the only one that makes a little sense.
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