A high-ranking Eastern European gangster terrorizing Brooklyn tried to help a member of his crew after escaping from the city’s floating prison, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Tuesday.
Brooklyn federal court prosecutors said Roman Nikgosyan sent Kavkaz Nation member David Mordukhaev on July 10 to Vernon C. Bain Correctional Facility, planned to pay the money after escaping from a barge near Rikers Island on the East River.
Nikoghosyan was heard on police wiretap pushing his own mother to pick up the fugitive while she tried to set him up with a car to get out of New York, acting U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Kasulis said in a memorandum of law.
Court filings claim Mordukhev told Nikoghosyan in a phone call that he used a rope to descend from the fifth floor, then jumped off the barge into the water and swam to shore.
The escapee told his friend that he “nearly died today” and added that officers “wouldn’t even know I’m gone for probably another week,” the filing states.
New information about Mordukhayev’s escape came after the arrest of Nikoghosyan on Thursday morning in California. He will be extradited to New York on extortion charges.
Prosecutors said Nikoghosyan, known for his strong-arm tactics with the Kavkazs on Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach, was heard on wiretap while trying to send $2,000 to his mother to escape, according to the allegations.
He allegedly tried to make the fugitive get up from his car by giving a key to a gatekeeper in his building. Later, she called her mother to tell her that Mordukhayev was going to rest at her home — a move she was uncomfortable with, prosecutors said.
When his mom said there were cameras in the building, she told him, “Never mind, he’ll get his head down.”
Officials said the fugitive was arrested before reaching the mother’s house.
Kavkaz is an enterprise that engages in drug trafficking, extortion and other crimes, prosecutors claim. The group reportedly has ties to the Caucus region, including Armenia, Uzbekistan and parts of Russia.
In photos included in court filings, members are shown using hand gestures with their fingers in “K”. Prosecutors allege that members say “the K-way is the only way.”
The court requested Nikoghosyan to be kept behind bars pending his trial. His role in the escape is one of several incidents mentioned in the memo, in which one is heard in the middle of beating someone on a wiretap.
Prosecutors alleged that he reportedly heard someone out of breath saying to someone, “You’re gonna die now, n–” and adding “You’ll suck dk I’m gonna fk you”.