According to Reuters Article Published on July 1, 2018, A French- Algerian gangster Redoine Faïd escapes French jail with three armed accomplices in a helicopter that landed in the prison grounds
He is one of the country’s most infamous gangsters with a long criminal career, which he has said was inspired by Hollywood blockbuster movies such as “Scarface” and “Heat”.
Two gunmen jumped from the helicopter to free Faid from the visitors’ room where he was meeting one of his brothers before escaping in the helicopter.
A third gunman had stayed in the helicopter with the pilot, who had been taken hostage.
Nobody was injured and the brother was arrested by police. They used concrete cutters to get through the first door and then the gates and then went to get him. The helicopter, the pilot of which was later released, was found burnt out north of Paris, as was a getaway car.
Redoine Faïd ESCAPE In 2013
In 2013, he took four prison guards hostage before using dynamite to blow his way out of jail and fleeing in a waiting getaway car. He was on the run for six weeks and had changed his appearance before police captured him in a hotel with an accomplice.
Following a decade in prison, he was released under conditions in 2009 after convincing parole officers that he had changed.
His infamy has increased since then following appearances in several television shows and the co-authoring of books recounting his past and rise as a criminal in the tough suburbs of Paris.