The situation is said to be rather unusual in the world of the Mafia, where unwritten rules prohibit the targeting of women or children.
Laval police won’t confirm the identity of an elderly woman who was kidnapped early Saturday morning in Laval but managed to escape.
However, news reports say the woman is Ada Crispino-Gallo, the widow of a former influential member of the Montreal Mafia, Moreno Gallo.
According to La Presse, which cited unidentified people familiar with the situation, Crispino-Gallo was returning from the Little Italy bakery her family owns and had just arrived home — a condo on Lévesque Blvd. — around midnight when at least three individuals forced her into a white sports utility vehicle.
The situation is rather unusual in the world of the Mafia, where unwritten rules prohibit the targeting of women or children, La Presse said.
Crispino-Gallo was reportedly driven to a van or trailer with windows that had been covered with plastic bags, where she was held for about an hour with her head, hands and feet tied with tape. She eventually managed to flee by getting rid of some of her shackles and knocking on the door of a nearby residence, whose occupants called the police, the report said.
La Presse said Crispino-Gallo was slightly injured and had money and personal items stolen.
“The only thing we can confirm is that a woman was kidnapped and that someone called 911 to report the situation,” a Laval police spokeswoman told the Montreal Gazette Tuesday. The investigation is continuing, she added.
Moreno Gallo was gunned down in Acapulco in 2013, three years to the day after his former ally Nicolo Rizzuto was felled by a sniper’s bullet.
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