Kirill Kurevlev. Sputnik International
The majority of the escaped prisoners were described as members of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital), considered by the Brazilian government to be the country’s largest criminal organization.
After digging a tunnel from their cell in the style of Shawshank Redemption, nine suspected members of Brazil’s most vicious gang were seen escaping from a police station, Brazil’s Globo news channel reported.
The daring escape reportedly took place at 3 a.m. on Sunday, when detainees suspected of being members of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang broke away from a police station in Campina da Lagoa, Parana state in southern Brazil.
According to the report, the suspects dug a hole in one of the cells and then constructed a tunnel leading to the station courtyard. As can be seen from the surveillance footage obtained by the outlet, the detainees jumped from the top of a wall and ran down a road.
One of the fugitives was apprehended hours later, reportedly hiding in his ex-partner’s home. Seven of the inmates are still on the run, and with their names published, police are asking for their whereabouts, though the ninth’s identity has not been revealed.
Before the prison break, the small prison, which was designed to hold 15 inmates, was said to have held 35 inmates.
The crime group Primeiro Comando da Capital, founded in 1993 in Taubate Prison, reportedly has 20,000 members and is active in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and the US.