Prison Break: Quebecois Edition

Prison Break,

Taking a page from Prison Break season 3, two inmates at a Quebec prison made a daring, albeit unsuccessful, prison escape.

The two men, Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provencal, 33, staged a dramatic daylight prison break when they escaped from their Saint-Jerome jail by climbing up a rope into a hovering helicopter.

Two other men posing as tourists reportedly hijacked the helicopter earlier in the day. The men then pulled out a gun and ordered the pilot to fly to the prison.

What went wrong? Well, they decided to break out of prison at 2pm on a Sunday. And despite what television will tell you, helicopter prison breaks are rarely successful.

The escape triggered a massive manhunt. Police swarmed into the area, arresting one of the inmates six hours after the escape. The fugitives were considered armed and dangerous and at one point fired on the police. Two other suspects were arrested shortly after in the Chertsey area north of Saint-Jerome.

The inmates, who reportedly have ties to Hells Angels, are now back in custody along with their two alleged accomplices and could face charges including attempted murder, pointing a firearm, possession of restricted weapons, breaking and entering and the hijacking of an aircraft.

Why did they do it? Apparently they didn’t like jail.

Before Hudon-Barbeau was captured he reportedly called local media outlets complaining about prison.

“I don’t want to hurt anyone. I just don’t want to stay in prison, and I’m ready to die. The way they’re treating me in there, it’s unreal. They won’t let me be. They put me back in prison for nothing.”

The head of the union representing Quebec’s prison guards used the incident to draw attention to the problem of overcrowding. He said inmates are crowded into gyms and treated like numbers, sometimes even kept in wings along with members of rival gangs.

Via: CBC News

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