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Helicopter Jailbreak in Canada

Posted on 18. Mar, 2013 by in Headlines, Headlines Featured

March 18, 2013 - It was though an action movie was being filmed, when two prisoners from a Canadian jail made a daring bid for freedom by being hoisted from the jail courtyard by a helicopter that had reportedly been hijacked by accomplices.

One international news agency said two men who posed as tourists commandeered a helicopter from a local tour company

One international news agency said two men who posed as tourists commandeered a helicopter from a local tour company

In what seemed to be a Hollywood film set, the two men were spirited from the jail Sunday afternoon in broad daylight, but were recaptured only hours later with their two accomplices.

One international news agency said two men who posed as tourists commandeered a helicopter from a local tour company. They ordered the copter’s pilot to fly to the St. Jerome jail outside of Montreal. Ropes or cables were then lowered to hoist prisoners up.

Danny Provencal and Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau were recaptured when the helicopter they escaped in was tracked about 50 miles away to Mont Tremblant. A man called a Montreal radio station claiming to be one of the prisoners. He wanted to explain the reasons the two escaped.

He said he knew it was not the best idea to do it, but he did not want to remain in prison any longer. The man claimed to by Hudon-Barbeau and said his fellow escapee planned the whole idea with his friends on the outside.

The pilot will be used by law enforcement as the key witness to the ordeal. Authorities found the pilot inside the helicopter that had been abandoned by the escapees and their accomplices. The escapees fled in a Cadillac but police were able to track them to Chersey a small town where they arrested them, just six hours following the daring escape.

Provencal, who is in jail serving a sentence of seven years for a number of charges including arson, could not be located at the home where the others were arrested. However, authorities found him Monday morning in Chersey.

 

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