Mafia Member on the Run for 20 Years Arrested After Being Spotted on Google Maps



A convicted member of the Italian Mafia was recently arrested after being on the run for nearly two decades. He was spotted by chance on Google Maps in the small Spanish town of Galapagar. Gioacchino Gammino, listed among Italy’s most wanted gangsters, had escaped from Rome’s Rebibbia jail in 2002, and in 2003 was sentenced to life in prison for a murder he committed years earlier. A European arrest warrant was issued in 2014, but there was no sign of Gammino until he was spotted chatting outside a produce market near Madrid. It’s not clear how authorities managed to spot the photo of Gammino, but prosecutor Francesco Lo Voi said, “It’s not as if we spend our days wading through Google Maps to find fugitives.” That has led to the supposition that police were tipped off by someone. When Gammino was arrested, the first thing he asked police was, “How did you find me? I haven’t even called my family for 10 years!” He had changed his name and was working as a chef at a local restaurant called La Cocina de Manu. After checking the Google Maps screenshot, police checked the Facebook page of the restaurant and recognized a picture of Gammino by a scar on the left side of his chin. Police moved in an arrested the fugitive and he’s now on his way back to prison.