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Quebec inmates in Hollywood-style chopper escape

Last Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:56

Zeenews Bureau

Quebec: In what seemed like a scene straight out of a Hollywood flick, two Quebec inmates on Sunday made an audacious rope-climbing manoeuvre into a chopper hovering over a jail near Montreal and managed to escaped, but both were later re-captured.

The inmates named Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provencal, 33 were among four re-arrested prisoners who were found just 50 kilometers off Saint-Jerome jail.

The jail`s warden told police that Hudon-Barbeau and Provencal had grabbed a rope dropped from the helicopter to make their getaway, said an official.

The helicopter was later recovered, was reportedly hijacked from a tour company, said a BBC report.

The pilot of the chopper was then taken to the hospital for shock treatment and will be interrogated by the police.

According to a provincial police report, Hudon-Barbeau was arrested in November on two firearm related charges and associating with people who have a criminal record. The arrest came as part of an investigation of a double murder in Quebec.

The jail at the center of Sunday`s escapade in Quebec is a provincial detention center with a maximum-security wing.

The attempt to escape from the jail by climbing a rope from the hovering chopper above, is not a new practise.

Yesterday, two inmates from a penal colony in Ukraine made an unsuccessful bid to escape using the same Hollywood way.

A helicopter carrying two accomplices of the inmates, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, which later turned out to be a dummy, landed on the territory of the Petrovskaya penal colony.

The attempt was thwarted by the prison guards and the escapees were detained.

Also year ago, a convicted murderer escaped from a high-security prison in Russia`s Vologda region, using a rope ladder to climb aboard a helicopter hijacked by his accomplices, but was later captured.

With Agency Inputs

First Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:56
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