Inmate Busted in Taxi After Helicopter Escape

Russian's freedom short-lived after dramatic jailbreak
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2012 1:02 AM CDT
Inmate Busted in Taxi After Helicopter Escape
The hijackers told the charter firm that a "business delegation" wanted to rent the converted military helicopter.   (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)

(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 Telegraph reports.

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Prison guards fired on the helicopter to no avail and Shestakov and his accomplices scattered after it landed, leaving the pilot bound and gagged. Shestakov hijacked a taxi and was recaptured when it was stopped at a police roadblock on the road to Moscow. He was slightly injured in an exchange of fire with police. His accomplices are still on the run. (Read more Russia stories.)

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