French gangster uses helicopter to flee prison, manhunt under way


In 2103 Faid used explosives to blast his way through five prison doors and escape from another prison, briefly taking four wardens hostage and managing to stay on the loose for a month and half before being captured.

Redoine Faid staged a dramatic escape from a French prison using a helicopter. When the chopper arrived, Faid was meeting with his brother in the visiting room.

Redoine Faid, probably the most notorious French gangster, has escaped jail for the 2nd time, this time in a helicopter.

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. Le Point reports that prisoners don't go into that courtyard which is why there was no overhead netting. Faid and his accomplices are believed to have ditched the airplane and escaped by vehicle.

The men quickly made good their escape in the helicopter in an operation lasting just 10 minutes, Delabroye told AFP at the penitentiary in Reau in the French capital's southeastern suburbs.

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Police later found the helicopter burned in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris.

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

Faid fled on Sunday with three accomplices, according to the sources. In 2009 Faid wrote a book about his experiences of growing up in Paris's crime-ridden suburbs and graduating into a life of law-breaking. Authorities later learned that Bourgain spent months before the escape teaching herself how to fly a helicopter. Faid was freed by three heavily armed men with assault rifles around 11.20 am local time (2.50 pm Indian Standard Time), BBC reported.

Prior to this, he had been released from a previous stint of a decade behind bars after convincing parole officials that he regretted his criminal past and was determined to start afresh.

He was nabbed six weeks later in a hotel outside Paris. In it, he claimed to have been inspired by the USA gangster film "Scarface", the Telegraph wrote, but said his life of crime was behind him.