Redoine Faid, once the most-wanted man in France, pulled off an incredible escape from prison this weekend. The 46-year-old is believed to have been helped by multiple heavily-armed men in the epic escape that ended with him fleeing the Paris area in a helicopter.
From The Telegraph:
The helicopter that extracted him on Sunday flew right across the Paris region, from the jail to the southeast of the capital, before being dumped not far from Charles de Gaulle airport to the northeast of the city.
The aircraft was then set alight. Prison guards at Réau did not shoot at the helicopter for security reasons when it landed and took off from a courtyard there, Yoan Karar of the SNP-FO prison warden union told Le Parisien newspaper. Reports said that after the helicopter was set on fire its occupants were seen fleeing in a black Renault Megane in the direction of the A1 motorway that links Paris to the northern city of Lille.
Faid was in prison since 2011 for a parole violation. He was on parole for previous bank robberies and heists. He was recently sentenced to 25 years for being the mastermind behind a botched robbery that left a policewoman killed.
It was also not his first jailbreak, previously escaping in 2013 when he used dynamite to get out of the prison.
Back in 2010, Faid authored a book claiming he would be walking away from a life of crime, but that has obviously not been the case. In his most recent jailbreak, no one is believed to have been injured and Faid is believed to be the only prisoner who got away.
Video of the wild scene — which was captured by a fellow inmate — surfaced on social media as Faid was making his escape.
Redoine Faid Prison Escape Video
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