Brazilian prison authorities recently caught an inmate trying to escape from jail posing as his daughter, complete with a mask and matching outfit.
The prisoner was identified as Clauvino da Silva, a drug dealer from the city of Angra dos Reis. He was caught as he attempted to exit the Bangu jail complex in Rio de Janeiro through the front door after visiting hours disguised as his daughter. State prison authorities said Silva planned to leave his visiting daughter inside the prison as he made his escape.
"When he started talking and pretending to speak like a woman, the guard realized that it was an attempted jailbreak, and identified him," said Moyses Henriques, deputy head of prison operations in Rio, as per a Reuters report. "It was an inmate trying to escape as a woman."
|The prisoner's disguise / Photo by: Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Prison Administration via Reuters|
Prison authorities released a video after Silva's arrest. It showed that the inmate was wearing an eerie plastic mask, a long black wig, glasses, and women's clothes. Reuters reported that Silva had a sullen look on his face after officials made him take off his elaborate disguise.
Officials believed that a pregnant woman smuggled in the disguise for the inmate, according to Henrique, adding that these women are often used as mules to sneak in contrabands since they don't have to go through rigorous searches compared to other visitors.
|The prisoner / Photo by: Rio de Janeiro State Secretary of Prison Administration via Reuters|
Silva's daughter and seven other people were arrested on suspicion of helping him escape, Rio's prison authorities said, adding that the convicted drug dealer has been moved to another jail unit and will be sanctioned.
"Really, this was an act of despair, as [Silva] is facing a sentence of 73 years, and he recently got another 25 years more," Henriques said.
The state of Brazil's prisons is becoming a problem for President Jair Bolsonaro, who promised to end the years of increasing incidences of crime and violence. Last month, a prison riot in the northern state of Para led to the death of at least 57 people with over a dozen of them decapitated.