The Woman Looked Like a Man. It Was Their Man

French prosecutor explains how Redoine Faid was apprehended
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2018 7:47 AM CDT
Notorious Gangster Dressed as a Woman While on the Lam
This July 9, 2018 file screenshot of the Interpol website shows portraits of notorious French criminal, Redoine Faid.   (Interpol via AP, File)

How do you track down a fugitive who managed to bust his way out of prison with the aid of a helicopter and a grinding machine? By noticing when a woman has the body of a man, apparently. The BBC reports on how police apprehended Redoine Faid in his hometown of Creil, north of Paris, early Wednesday: French prosecutor François Molins says the investigation involved tracking the cell phones used by the gang that helped the 46-year-old bust out of prison on July 1. That led them to a young woman in the town, who last weekend was observed letting "into her car a person dressed in a burka whose figure suggested he might be a man."

Then, on Tuesday police say that same burka-clad person emerged from a car and went into the woman's apartment; a second burka-clad person came later. Police believed the two to be Faid and his brother and stormed the premises at 4:20am. Faid, who was serving a 25-year sentence in connection with a policewoman's death, previously broke out of prison in 2013. (Read more Redoine Faid stories.)

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