Notorious killer Redoine Faid escapes French jail by helicopter

Geneva Stokes
July 2, 2018

A woman working at the hotel told at the time that Faid's accomplice had paid for the room in cash. The passenger it sought was a 46-year-old gangster named Redoine Faid, who had been serving a 25-year sentence at the prison for armed robbery and murder. The gunmen then removed Faid from the visiting room, where he had been talking with his brother, and fled in the helicopter.

According to France 3, the pilot of the helicopter was an instructor waiting for a lesson to begin and he was taken hostage by the men.

Redoine Faid was being visited by his brother in Réau Prison, on the outskirts of Paris, when several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in the prison yard to bust him out.

Three armed and well-trained men then reportedly presented themselves and demanded Faid's release.

The helicopter, the pilot of which was later released, was found burnt out north of Paris, as was a getaway vehicle. Faid and his accomplices are believed to have ditched the airplane and escaped by vehicle.

The hijacked pilot, a member of a flying club near Paris, was released unharmed, Belloubet said.

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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. Unarmed guards said they could do nothing to prevent it.

In this photo dated November 22, 2010, notorious French criminal Redoine Faid poses prior to an interview with French all-news TV channel, LCI, as he was promoting his book, in Boulogne-Billancourt, outside Paris, France.

The prison break came a little over five years after Faid broke out of the Sequedin prison on April 13, 2013.

It is the second time Faid has pulled off a spectacular jailbreak - in 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite before being recaptured six weeks later.

Redoine Faid previously said his life of crime was inspired by films such as "Scarface". He was arrested in 1998 after three years on the run in Switzerland and Israel, according to French media reports.

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.

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