Gangster Recaptured After Spectacular Prison Escape

Redoine Faid back behind bars after 6-week global manhunt
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
This undated police photo shows French bandit Redoine Faid.   (AP Photo/Interpol)

(Newser) – France's "most wanted man," the gangster who infamously broke out of prison last month by using explosives to bust through doors and holding guards hostage, has finally been recaptured after a six-week international manhunt. Notorious career criminal Redoine Faid and an accomplice were arrested in a hotel outside of Paris last night, reports AFP. "There was no exchange of gunfire, and the arrest happened in good conditions," police told a radio station, as per the Local.

Faid spent a decade in prison for robbery before being released on parole and gaining celebrity status in France through a 2010 autobiography and associated interviews, in which he claimed to have reformed, reports CNN. But Faid returned to prison in 2011 for breaking parole conditions, remaining there until his headline-grabbing jailbreak last month, in which he reportedly used explosives hidden in a tissue box to demolish four prison gates, reports the Local. (Read more Redoine Faid stories.)

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