The Italian Almanac

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under the bed

The Hidden Mobster

A mobster from Bari who went on the run was nabbed after police found him hiding under his girlfriend`s bed.

Roberto Ventisette, 33, had been under house arrest in the southern city on charges of mafia association and drugs dealing but fled to Milan to be with his 29-year-old girlfriend, Vanessa M, who lives there with her mother.

Vanessa denied having seen her boyfriend when Milan police, alerted by colleagues in Bari to Ventisette`s disappearance, came knocking. But officers spotted the mobster`s suitcase on Vanessa`s bed and checked underneath, finding the mobster lying on the floor.

Ventisette, who was unarmed, did not attempt to resist arrest.