By Lexy   |  07-03-2018   News
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Redoine Faïd is on the run after escaping a French prison by helicopter.

See Video Footage below - French prisoner Redoine Faid escapes from Paris prison in helicopter:

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Security sources say that Faïd was flown out of Réau prison in Seine-et-Marne this morning with the help of three heavily-armed accomplices.

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The 46-year-old was taken from the visiting room to the chopper, which had landed in the prison courtyard, according to the sources.

He then escaped from the building with the aircraft which was later found partially burned in Gonesse, close to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

It is his second escape from one of the country's prisons. He blasted through five doors at Sequedin prison in 2013.

Faïd took four guards hostage during the 2013 prison break, before fleeing in a getaway car.

He was finally caught in a hotel after being on the run for a month and a half.

Faïd had reportedly been staying in an isolation ward At the time of his latest escape.

Jean-François Forget, secretary general of the UFAP-UNSA penitentiary union, told BFMT TV that there were no special surveillance measures in place.

He also said a helicopter had been used in the escape.

The escape took only "a few minutes," France's Justice Ministry said. Unarmed guards said they could do nothing to prevent it.

Three armed gunmen arrived at the entrance of the prison and demanded Faïd's release. This was to create a diversion.

Dressed in black, two men wearing balaclavas and police armbands entered the prison looking for Faid. They used a grinding machine to open the door to the visiting room, Martial Delabroye, a representative of the guards' union, told BFM television.

The men set off smoke canisters to hide from video cameras, and the helicopter touched down in an area of the complex that was not covered by anti-helicopter netting, said another union member, Loic Delbroc.

When the chopper arrived, Faid was in the visiting room visiting with his brother.

A third man was holding the pilot hostage, union members said.

French media reported that the three men took the pilot hostage but later released him with no physical injuries.

The helicopter was later found burned in the town of Garges-Les-Gonesse, in the northern suburbs of Paris.

Faïd was reportedly the only inmate who escaped from the facility.

Yoan Karar, of the FO prison union, described the robber's unidentified accomplices as expertly trained, professional and heavily armed.

They knew where they were going, Mr. Karar said.

Cops have launched a huge hunt to capture Faïd. "Everything is being done to locate the fugitive," an official at the interior ministry said.

Faïd is one of the country's most famous gangsters.

During the 2013 prison break, he held four guards hostage before using dynamite to blow his way out.

He was on the run for six weeks before police eventually captured him in a hotel in the middle of the night.

Faïd was born in 1972. He took part in his first robbery when he was only 18.

In the 1990s, he was part of a gang involved in armed robbery, theft, and extortion.

In 1998, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a number of crimes including armed robberies.

But in 2009, after over a decade in prison, he was released under conditions, after convincing his parole officers that he had changed.

Faïd's has appeared in several television shows and authored books recounting his past and rise as a criminal in Paris' tough suburbs.

This April, he was sentenced to 25-years in prison by an appeals court for a failed armed robbery eight years ago.

During the 2010 robbery, a policewoman was shot to death.

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Hours on, Faïd remains on the loose - with a huge manhunt underway.

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He abandoned this helicopter after fleeing from Réau prison in Seine-et-Marne with three accomplices

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Forensic police officers investigate the site where the helicopter Alouette II was found

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A file picture of Réau prison, where gunmen allegedly blocked the cameras with smoke to help Faid escape

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The helicopter landed in the prison's courtyard, believed to be the only spot not protected by a net, sources said

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The chopper was found burnt out north of Paris, about 40 miles from the prison

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Firefighters stand near the aircraft

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It is the second time Faid has escaped from prison - he previously blasted his way through five doors at Sequedin prison (above)

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This court sketch shows the gangster during his trial at Assise courthouse in Paris

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Faïd had reportedly been staying in an isolation ward at the prison

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Another picture of the helicopter, which was used in the robber's latest escape

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Two cops stand near the scene of the discovery

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In this court sketch, the gangster gestures during his trial for escaping prison and taking hostages in April 2013

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A reproduction of the Interpol website showing the international wanted person notice for the robber

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Police officers are seen working near the Alouette II chopper following Faid's escape

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Members of Eris, a regional intervention unit of the French penitentiary administration, work in front of a door blasted open by Faid five years ago

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The criminal has a long career as a thief, which he has said was inspired by Hollywood blockbuster movies such as "Scarface" and "Heat"

If the Democrats have their way, not one law abiding citizen will be able to own a gun. We will have no protection against criminals or against the government in the event of tyranny. Make no mistake, criminals will always get their hands on weapons. Conservatives, Republicans, and all Trump supporters be sure to get out and vote in November. We can’t lose any seats to the liberal party.

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Michael M. No. 30306 1530634201

I really thought this was a promo for a movie when I heard it. I can't believe it actually happened! How many people did he have to pay off to get away? Nice work Lexy!!!!

MaryEllen No. 30308 1530634647

I was going to say it sounds like a movie script but someone already said it lol! It just doesn’t seem like it could be real! Great article.

tab No. 30323 1530644762

this is a great man….

Jo No. 30326 1530650126

I had never heard of this man until Inread this article. The thing that jumped right out at me was the part that said “unarmed guards”. What? Unarmed Guards at a prison, are they crazy. The moral of this story is, we cannot ever allow our 2A to be stripped from us. This was a really great article.

DA No. 30337 1530666100

That was some James Bond 💩 right there!

Yup… They are crafty those criminals. Just when ya think ya got them trapped. They land a helicopter(A HELICOPTER!) right in the prison yard😁

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