Helicopter jailbreak gangster recaptured
A GANGSTER who made a Holly wood-esque helicopter ja i lbre a k wa s a r r e s t e d i n northern France on Wednesday after three months on the run, sources close to t he case said.
Notor ious French robber Redoine Faid was apprehended in the Oise region north of Paris a long wit h his brot her Rachid and t wo other family members, one sou rce sa id, c on f i r mi ng e a r l ier med i a reports.
A massive manhunt was launched after Faid’s daring July 1 escape, in which t wo heav ily armed accomplices used smoke bombs and angle g r i nders to brea k t hroug h doors and whisk him to a waiting helicopter.
A rou nd 10 0 pol ic e were deployed to t rack dow n t he 46-yea r-old, who has cited movie baddies such as Tony Montana in “Scarface” as an inspirat ion a nd sa id he discovered his “ca l l i ng” at t he age of 12.
Outgoing Interior Minister Gerard Collomb praised the loca l police force in a t weet for their “commitment, braver y and determination”.
Fa id had been ser v i ng a 25-year term over a botched 2010 heist in which a policewoman was killed, though he cla i ms her deat h was accidenta l.
The spectacular jailbreak saw two men posing as flightschool students, who had already taken an introductory f l i ght, force a helicopter instructor at gunpoint to fly them to the jail.
The terrified pilot landed in the courtyard – the only part of the prison not fitted with anti-helicopter nets.
A pa i r of black-clad men armed with assault rif les then a l ig hted a nd set of f smoke bombs before brea k ing into t he v i s it i ng room, where Fa id was meet i ng wit h his brother who was later ta ken into custody.
The wardens, who were unarmed, fled and raised the alarm.
But within 10 minutes Faid was gone, cheered on by his fellow inmates.
The helicopter was fou nd short ly af ter wards in a suburb nort heast of Paris, a long with the pilot, who had been beaten and was taken to hospita l in a state of shock.
Several days after his escape investigators found a stash of g uns, masks a nd a cement c ut ter i n t he Oi s e re g ion where Fa id g rew up, which they believed belonged to his gang.