Infamous French Criminal Escapes Prison In A Helicopter

Most Wanted French Thief's Epic Jailbreak Dramatic Helicopter Escape

A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder has staged a daring escape from a prison south of Paris using a helicopter.

Redoine Faid was in the visiting room in Réau prison when the three men burst in on Sunday morning and extracted him with the help of a Belgium-registered helicopter that landed in one of the prison courtyards.

According to the sources, three armed gunmen arrived at the entrance of the prison demanding Faid's release to create a diversion.

He was serving 25 years for an attempted armed robbery in 2010 that led to a high-speed chase and a shootout with police that killed 26-year-old officer Aurelie Fouquet.

In April 2013, Faid staged another shameless jailbreak by pulling a gun from his bag in the visitor's room of the prison near Sequedin in northern France and taking four prison guards hostage. He was arrested at a hotel six weeks later.

As soon as the gangster flew out of jail, a massive search was launched by the French National Police across greater Paris.

One of France's most famous gangsters has escaped a prison in the Paris region by helicopter, according to local media. "It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand", she told reporters.




Faid's accomplices took hostage a flying instructor from a small flying school in Fontenay-Trésigny commune, and ordered him to fly to the prison.

Before the 2010 robbery, he had served a decade behind bars until he convinced officials he regretted his past.

Faid said his life of crime was inspired by films such as Scarface, and has co-authored two books about his time in gangs in the suburbs of Paris.

In 2009, Faid wrote a book titled "Robber: Cities of Organized Crime", in which he explored his childhood growing up in Paris' marginalised neighbourhoods, or banlieues.

"In the corner of his mind, he never lost the idea of escaping".

The prison courtyard it landed in was the only one not fitted with anti-helicopter nets as it is used by inmates exclusively when they are being admitted to or released from the jail. "Behind all his manners - he is very polite - he always hid his game", the supervisor said.

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