His Escape Was Incredible, but His Time on the Run Is Up

Redoine Faid captured 3 months after breaking out of prison in France
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2018 8:39 AM CDT
His Escape Was Incredible, but His Time on the Run Is Up
This July 9, 2018 file screenshot shows portraits of notorious French criminal Redoine Faid as part of Interpol's wanted notice. Police have caught one of France's most wanted men, three months after his spectacular helicopter escape from prison.   (Interpol via AP, File)

In the Hollywood version, the criminal makes a daring prison jailbreak via helicopter and spends the rest of his life drinking wine on an island. In the real-life version, he ends up back behind bars. Such is apparently the fate of French robber Redoine Faid, who had been branded the country's most wanted fugitive and who police sources tell the BBC has been captured after three months on the lam. He was reportedly found early Wednesday in the Oise region north of Paris; the prison he broke out of was located 30 miles southeast of the capital. He was reportedly in the company of his brother and two other men.

The AFP reports that on July 1, men pretending to be flight school students made their instructor land a helicopter in the prison courtyard, emerged with balaclavas, used a grinding machine to open the door to the prison's visiting room, and spirited Faid, 46, away. It was the second bold escape Faid has made: In 2013 he got out of a different prison using explosives concealed in a tissue box and was on the run for six weeks. He is serving a 25-year sentence tied to the 2010 death of a policewoman during a bungled robbery. As for what the country plans to do with him, Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet had this to say: "We're going to put him in a high-security facility where he will be watched extremely closely." (This fugitive managed to elude thousands of cops for weeks.)

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