Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

French murderer busts out of prison - in a chopper

French murderer busts out of prison - in a chopper

Redoine Faid's break-out has triggered a huge manhunt around the French capital.

According to the MailOnline, it's the second time Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak - in 2013 Faid used explosives to blast his way through five prison doors and escape from another prison, briefly taking four wardens hostage. The 46-year-old career thief escaped Reau prison by helicopter in a daylight break, authorities said.

On Sunday morning, three men armed with AK-47s landed a helicopter in the Réau prison courtyard, disabled security cameras and flew off with the French-Algerian gangster in just a few minutes without injuring anyone, prison officials told Le Monde.

The escape came after an appeals court sentenced him to 25 years for masterminding a May 2010 botched armed robbery, in which a policewoman was killed.

Three armed and well-trained men then reportedly presented themselves and demanded Faid's release.

The helicopter was found later Sunday burned in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, in the northern suburbs of Paris. Police later found a burnt out black Renault, suspected of being the getaway vehicle, in Aulnay-sous-Bois, another suburb of the French capital. In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage, then used dynamite to blasted his way out, fleeing in a waiting getaway auto, only to be recaptured six weeks later.

In the 1990s, Faid led a criminal gang involved in armed robbery of banks and armored vans transporting money.

They then managed to whisk him away in a helicopter parked in a nearby school yard, according to French media.

Faid was freed in 2009 after serving 10 years in prison.

He penned a confessional book about his life of crime and embarked on an extensive media tour in 2010.

Faid, along with two accomplices, was convicted for the murder of the policewoman.

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