Monday, 23 July, 2018

Notorious thief flees French jail by helicopter

Most Wanted French Thief's Epic Jailbreak Dramatic Helicopter Escape French robber Redoine Faïd 'breaks free from jail' in dramatic helicopter escape
Leonard Rios | 02 July, 2018, 10:40

A French gangster is on the run after being broken out of prison by heavily armed gunmen and escaping in a helicopter that landed in the prison grounds, security sources said on Sunday.

According to reports, three accomplices, armed with Kalashnikovs, showed up at the prison entrance demanding Faid's release.

A police manhunt has since been launched across the entire Paris region.

This is the second time he had escaped from a French prison, after he used explosives to blast his way out of jail on a previous occasion before recapture.

In 2013, he became the country's most-wanted criminal after he blasted his way out of another prison using dynamite.

He was captured on May 29, 2013 when authorities found him hiding out at a hotel in Pontault-Combault, east of Paris.

Faid was jailed for 25 years for the death of a young policewoman killed during a botched robbery in 2010.

Investigators trasnport an Alouette II helicopter allegedly abandoned by French prisoner Redoine Faid and suspected accomplices after his escape from the prison of Reau.

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The men apparently went on to use a vehicle that was later found torched in a shopping mall parking lot, police said.

In the 1990s, he led a gang involved in robbing banks and armored vans.

Although he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for these activities, he was released on parole after 10 years.

He fled with three accomplices, according to the sources.

Faid, who grew up in tough immigrant suburbs outside Paris, has made several television appearances and co-authored two books about his delinquent youth and rise as a criminal in the Paris suburbs. "Take away the [lessons taught by] cinema and you would have 50 percent less crime", he once told Michael Mann, the director of Heat (1995), his favourite film.

He wrote that he had watched the film dozens of times to flawless his bank-robbing prowess.

He escaped from the prison in Reau, Seine-et-Marne, near Paris, in just a matter of minutes on Sunday after the helicopter landed in the courtyard. One of Faid's most recent prison supervisors said he was never in conflict with guards, but that "we must always be wary". "Behind all his manners - he is very polite - he always hid his game", the supervisor said.

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