Super-Criminal Escapes: How Did French Robber Redoine Faid Escape From High-Security Prison?

By Staff Reporter on April 15, 2013 2:57 PM EDT

Redoine Faid
Redoine Faid escaped a French prison on Monday with the use of explosives. (Photo: YouTube / vidyostok)

A super-criminal has escaped from the high-security prison in Sequidin, France, on Monday, April 15. Redoine Faid is now at the top of Interpol's most wanted with an arrest warrant covering 26 countries in Europe.

A highly sophisticated escape, Redoine Faid took four guards as hostages at the Lille, France, detention center on Saturday. Faid armed explosives to blast a hole through five doors to create an exit. The guards were freed and the super-criminal escaped from prison, reaching a getaway car where he fled at high speed. The vehicle was later found burned to the ground in the town of Ronchin.

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Following his escape, Faid's lawyer Jean-Louis Pelletier spoke with French broadcaster BFM TV:

"He is remarkably intelligent, and he is using his intellect to serve his ambitions," commented Pelletier. Pelletier also commented that his client Faid can no longer accept imprisonment anymore.

Following the super-criminal escape, authorities issued an all ports alert in an effort to contain Faid. Possible exits, including the Channel Tunnel ("Chunnel") that reaches Britain are all under high surveillance.

"It all happened very quickly," explained a spokesperson of the prison. "The escape was clearly very well organized -- we are still busy trying to work out the facts."

According to investigators following the super-criminal's escape, clues suggest that Redoine Faid's wife may have smuggled explosives inside handkerchiefs into the prison earlier on Monday. However, lawyer Pelletier claimed Faid's wife had not even visited the prison on Monday.

Causing more questions regarding Faid's escape, reports claim Faid jumped into a second vehicle.

Redoine Faid is infamous for his series of brazen robberies on security transit vans carrying large amounts of cash.

In 1998, Redoine Faid was sentenced to 30 years in prison for committing eight armed robberies and bank thefts. Faid was released on parole in 2009.

The super-criminal was also idenfied as the mastermind behind a botched armed robbery attempt that took place in 2010. 26-year-old policeman Aurelie Fouquet was killed. Faid was eventually arrested in June 2011, and sentenced to 8-years in prison.

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