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NYC gangster helped friend after escape from Rikers barge: feds

A high-ranking Eastern European gangster who terrorized Brooklyn helped a member of his crew escape the town’s floating jail, prosecutors mentioned in a Tuesday court docket submitting.

Roman Nikoghosyan deliberate to wire money to fellow KavKaz Nation member David Mordukhaev after his July 10 escape from Vernon C. Bain Correctional Facility, a barge close to Rikers Island on the East River, prosecutors mentioned.

Nikoghosyan was heard on police wiretaps pushing his personal mom to take up the fugitive whereas he tried to set him up with a automotive to get out of New York, a memorandum of legislation from Acting US Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis mentioned.



Mordukhaev instructed Nikoghosyan in a telephone name that he used a rope to climb down from the fifth story, then jumped from the barge into the water and swam to shore, the court docket submitting claimed.

The escapee instructed his friend he “almost died today” and added that authorities “won’t even know I am gone for another week probably,” the submitting states.

The new perception into Mordukhaev’s escape got here after Nikoghosyan was arrested Thursday morning in California. He will probably be extradited to New York on extortion prices.

David Mordukhaev, the gang member who escaped from jail on July 10 and was later recaptured.
David Mordukhaev, the gang member who escaped from jail on July 10 and was later recaptured.
NYPD
Roman Nikoghosyan tried to help David Mordukhaev after the escape.
Roman Nikoghosyan tried to assist David Mordukhaev after the escape.
U.S. Attorney’s Office

Nikoghosyan, who prosecutors mentioned was identified for his strong-arm ways with KavKav on Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach, was heard on wiretaps making an attempt to get his mom to ship $2,000 to the escapee, in line with the costs.

He allegedly tried to arrange the fugitive along with his automotive by having a doorman at his constructing give him the important thing. Later, he known as his mom to inform her that Mordukhaev was going to go to her home to relaxation — a transfer she was uncomfortable with, prosecutors mentioned.

When his mom mentioned there have been cameras within the constructing, he instructed her “It doesn’t matter, he will hold his head down.”

Roman Nikoghosyan was allegedly caught on wire taps trying to get his mother to help Mordukhaev after the escape.
Roman Nikoghosyan was allegedly caught on wire faucets making an attempt to get his mom to assist Mordukhaev after the escape.
U.S. Attorney’s Office

The fugitive was arrested earlier than he made it to the mom’s home, officers mentioned.

KavKaz is an enterprise that engages in drug trafficking, extortion and different crimes, prosecutors declare. The group allegedly has ties to the Caucus area, together with Armenia, Uzbekistan and elements of Russia.

In images included within the court docket submitting, members are proven utilizing a hand sign with their fingers splayed in a “K.” Members say “K-WAY IS THE ONLY WAY,” prosecutors alleged.

The court docket submitting requests to maintain Nikoghosyan behind bars pending his trial. His function within the escape is considered one of a number of incidents outlined within the memo, together with one the place he’s heard on wiretaps apparently within the midst of beating up somebody.

He’s allegedly heard, out of breath telling somebody, “You’re gonna die now, n—“ and adding “You’ll suck d—k I’m gonna f—k you,” prosecutors alleged.


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