French killer in helicopter prison escape

French killer in helicopter prison escape

French killer in helicopter prison escape

The courtyard that they landed the helicopter in is the only one in Réau that doesn't have helicopter nets on it. Helicopter escapes from prisons in France were relatively common up until the late 2000s.

Redoine Faid was being visited by his brother in Reau prison in the Paris region when the men burst into the room yesterday morning and extracted him.

Soon, Faid reportedly appeared in the courtyard, escorted by armed accomplices who had freed him from the prison visiting room, and boarded the aircraft, Reuters reported.

Le Monde newspaper reported the operation only took a few minutes.

Sunday's daring escape is the second time Faid has broken out of prison.

Faid was recaptured six weeks later at a hotel in an industrial area on the outskirts of Paris.


According to Agence France-Presse, Faid has been sentenced to serve 25 years "for masterminding a May 2010 botched armed robbery, in which a policewoman was killed".

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

That same year, he wrote a book about growing up in Paris' suburbs and leading a life of crime, which he claimed at the time to have put behind him. The pilot of the helicopter had been taken hostage from a nearby flying club. Reports suggest the pilot has been released and is safe - if shocked. Investigators were questioning Faid's brother on Sunday afternoon.

The Ministry of the Interior said a huge police response has been ordered in an attempt to catch the fugitive, who has been described as unsafe.

Faid is not the first prisoner to escape in a helicopter. "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. One of Faid's most recent prison supervisors said he was never in conflict with guards, but that "we must always be wary".

Belloubet said the prison break likely took months to plan and that authorities suspect Faid's accomplices had thoroughly staked out the prison and possibly used drones to determine the best spot to land the helicopter. "Behind all his manners - he is very polite - he always hid his game", the supervisor said.

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