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Women Escape Jail, Get Arrested at Escape Game

2nd escape in 24 hours proved impossible when cops showed up

(Newser) - Two women who escaped from jail in Alberta, Canada, were apparently so confident in their abilities that they headed to an escape room less than 24 hours later. Another escape proved impossible, however, when police officers surprised them within minutes. The scene unfolded Tuesday at SideQuests Adventures in Edmonton, which... More »

Escaped Inmate Orders Beer, Asks Bar Owner to Call Cops

Police found him drinking beer, he surrendered peacefully

(Newser) - If you'd escaped from jail and been on the lam for a week, grown exhausted and hungry, and decided to turn yourself in, wouldn't you want to have a beer first? That's what police say Shaun Higham did Tuesday night. The 45-year-old was in Arkansas' Logan County... More »

Expert: Calif. Inmates Had Help to Escape

Questions raised about why men were kept in 68-man dorm

(Newser) - As the search for three escaped inmates stretches on, Orange County jail officials are facing pressure to explain why the men weren't held in individual cells. Authorities at the Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana say Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43—charged with... More »

Seamstress: I Helped Convicts 'to Save My Family'

Joyce Mitchell says prisoners knew where they lived

(Newser) - The former prison seamstress who helped two murderers escape in New York in June says she did so out of fear for her family. Richard Matt and David Sweat had discovered where her mother and older son lived, and Joyce Mitchell felt she was in too deep to refuse their... More »

Quebec Loses Inmates in Bold Chopper Escape, Again

Quebec jails don't have such a good record against helicopters

(Newser) - Just another Saturday night in Quebec: A trio of inmates managed to break out of their jail in Quebec City, using a green helicopter to make their getaway and fly off into the west. Adding insult to any successful jailbreak is the fact that it's not exactly an original... More »

Quadruple Killer's Jailbreak Tools: His Hands

He donned kitchen uniform, peeled apart 2 fences

(Newser) - Quadruple murderer Michael Elliot is back behind bars, but prison guards won't be able to confiscate the tools he used for his brazen jailbreak : His bare hands. The 40-year-old inmate, who had a record of good behavior during his 20 years in a Michigan prison, wasn't a kitchen... More »

Blasts, Clashes Follow Benghazi Jailbreak

Around 1K escapees still on the loose

(Newser) - Benghazi is descending deeper into chaos after the escape of more than 1,000 prisoners from a city jail . Two explosions hit a courthouse and a justice ministry building yesterday and officials believe escapees are to blame. The blasts, which injured at least 10 people, had "some of the... More »

Morsi Detained Over Jailbreak

Reports say Hamas aided Muslim Brotherhood in 2011

(Newser) - An investigating judge has ordered the detention of Egypt's ousted president over alleged contacts with Hamas that are said to have helped in his escape from prison in 2011; the news, from the official state news agency, is the first official word on Mohamed Morsi's status since he... More »

500 Prisoners Bust Out of Abu Ghraib

Most escapees were high-ranking al-Qaeda men

(Newser) - Some 500 prisoners, most of them high-ranking al-Qaeda members, were busted out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison (yes that Abu Ghraib prison , but the Iraqis are back in charge now) in a violent and explosive jail break last night. Suicide bombers raided the prison with cars full of explosives,... More »

Inmate May Have Used Spoon to Bust Out of Prison

Oleg Topalov escaped through hole in ceiling in Moscow

(Newser) - An alleged murderer escaped his Moscow prison cell through a hole in the ceiling early today, the Moscow Times reports, but the newspaper leaves out the most intriguing detail of Oleg Topalov's escape: He may have managed it using a spoon. According to a law enforcement source, that would... More »

Militants Attack Iraq Prison, Free 90 Inmates

At least 12 guards killed in Tikrit attack

(Newser) - About 90 inmates, including some "hardcore" al-Qaeda members, were freed after militants attacked an Iraqi prison last night, officials say. A car bomb went off outside Tasfirat prison's gates in Tikrit; then gunmen stormed the prison and fought with security guards for hours into the early morning, killing... More »

Inmate Busted in Taxi After Helicopter Escape

Russian's freedom short-lived after dramatic jailbreak

(Newser) - Freedom only lasted a couple of hours for a Russian murderer who made a Hollywood-style helicopter escape from prison. Alexei Shestakov's two accomplices hijacked a rented helicopter at gunpoint and lowered a rope ladder into the prison yard for the 34-year-old, who is halfway through a 24-year sentence, the... More »

Al-Qaeda Militants Escape Yemen Prison

Anywhere from 10 to 15 flee Aden prison

(Newser) - Just months after almost 60 suspected al-Qaeda militants escaped from a Yemen jail , another 10 to 15 militants broke out of another Yemen prison early today. The convicts fled through a tunnel as long as 130 feet that took them under the Aden prison and dropped them off outside the... More »

Man Busts Out of Jail Using Homemade Nunchucks

Lorenzo Pollard recaptured within 48 hours after fighting off a dozen guards

(Newser) - Lorenzo Pollard really, really wanted to get out of jail. The inmate, 31, escaped a medium-security facility in St. Louis after fighting off some dozen guards with home-made nunchucks fashioned from bedsheets and a chair, according to cops. Pollard used the weapon to smash through glass blocks and then scaled... More »

Apple's iOS Harbors Security Flaw, Germany Warns

Opening infected PDFs could install malware

(Newser) - IPads, iPhones, and iPods are all vulnerable to “critical weaknesses” that could “allow possible attackers to gain administrator rights and get access to the entire system,” Germany’s IT security agency warned today. Clicking on an infected PDF could allow attackers to install malware without your knowledge,... More »

Suitcase Jailbreak Foiled

Mexican woman busted after leaving prison visit with excess baggage

(Newser) - Prison guards in Mexico stopped a nervous-looking woman who was wheeling a bulky suitcase out of the prison following a conjugal visit ... and found her common-law-husband inside. Inmate Juan Ramirez Tijerina, who is serving a 20-year sentence for illegal weapons possession, was curled up in a fetal position, AP reports.... More »

Facebook Hires Top Hacker

Hire linked to development of iPad app

(Newser) - The hacker who was among the first to unlock the old AT&T iPhones and was sued by Sony for jailbreaking its PlayStation 3 has been hired by Facebook, reports Tech Unwrapped . George Hotz, aka GeoHot, has apparently been trying to keep a low profile since the Sony lawsuit. Analysts... More »

40 al-Qaeda Militants Stage Yemen Jailbreak

It's a bad sign in Yemen's nearly lawless south

(Newser) - More bad news out of southern Yemen : At least 40 al-Qaeda militants have escaped from a prison there, according to security officials. As bands of heavily armed militants attacked the Mukalla jail from without, the prisoners attacked their guards within, taking their weapons early today. The escapees include those convicted... More »

Afghan Prison Break Looks Like Inside Job: Karzai

So far, just 65 convicts have been recaptured, and two killed

(Newser) - Hundreds of prisoners are still at large the day after a massive jailbreak in Afghanistan , but officials say Afghan and international forces have caught 65 of them and killed two. The justice minister acknowledged in a letter to President Hamid Karzai that the Taliban, which has claimed to have orchestrated... More »

Taliban Bust Hundreds Out of Afghan Prison

Taliban spokesman says 100 are commanders

(Newser) - Hundreds of prisoners, most of them Taliban fighters, escaped from an Afghanistan prison last night, and so far only 13 have been recaptured. Taliban militants staged the escape by digging a 1,050-foot underground tunnel into Kandahar's main prison and leading about 475 prisoners out, the AP reports. Al... More »

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