Patsy Louis Romano, alias Pasquale Romano, alias "Pat," embarked upon a criminal career when he was but fifteen years of age. On May 19, 1925, Romano was first arrested at Schenectady, New York, as a juvenile delinquent.
This arrest in Schenectady was followed by nine other arrests in this same city for various offenses such as disorderly conduct, creating a disturbance, vagrancy, petty larceny, and drunkenness. The last time that Romano was in the custody of the Police Department at Schenectady, New York, according to the records on file in the Bureau's Identification Division, was in January, 1937, when he was arrested by that department for the serious felony of first degree grand larceny.
On August 21, 1937, information was received in the FBI from the Police Department at Schenectady, New York, that Romano was wanted by that department for rape and second degree assault, which offenses were committed, on August 15, 1937. A wanted notice was immediately posted in the Bureau's files and in a further effort to assist in the apprehension of this fugitive, a notation of his fugitive status was published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin for the month of October, 1937.
On September 24, 1937, in the vicinity of 541 Broadway, New York City, a "payroll snatch" occurred. The payroll which was stolen amounted to $289.00. The New York City Police Department took into custody one Pasquale Delano, alias "Pat," for this larceny, and on October 11, 1937, there were received in the Identification Division of the FBI from the New York City Police Department the finger impressions of this individual.
When these fingerprints were searched in the files of the Identification Division, it was ascertained that Pasquale Delano, alias "Pat," was identical with Patsy Louis Romano, for whom a wanted notice had been posted in the files of the Identification Division. When it was ascertained that Delano was in reality Patsy Louis Romano a telegram was dispatched on the same day the fingerprint card was received from the New York City Police Department to the Chief of Police at Schenectady, informing that official of the present whereabouts of the individual wanted by him for rape and second degree assault.
After this telegram had been forwarded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a second fingerprint card was received in the Identification Division of the Bureau from the New York City Police Department on October 15, 1937, informing the FBI that Pasquale Delano, on the complaint of the Chief of Police at Schenectady, New York, was being held for the latter mentioned official on charges of rape. From the Police Department at Schenectady, New York, on October 18, 1937, was received the fingerprint card of Romano, informing the FBI that he was presently being held by the Sheriff of Schenectady, New York, to stand trial on charges of first degree rape. Because of this identification effected through fingerprints, Romano was returned to the Schenectady officials within two months of the time the FBI was informed that his apprehension was desired.
1. "RECIDIVIST IDENTIFIED BY FINGERPRINTS AFTER NEW YORK CITY ARREST FOR 'PAYROLL SNATCH'", FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Vol. 7, No. 2, February 1, 1938, Washington D. C., page 30.