Nine gang members escape from police station in Brazil after digging tunnel out of cell


Shawshank-style escape from Brazil prison: Nine members of country’s most violent gang DIG their way of cell at 3am

  • Nine alleged members of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang escaped from a police station in Paraná, Brazil, on Sunday morning before dawn 
  • The inmates were all being held in a cell at  the Campina da Lagoa precinct
  • They allegedly dug a hole in their cell and created a tunnel that led them outside
  • Surveillance video showed them hopping over a wall and running away  
  • One of the suspects, Robson Bueno, was detained at the home of an ex-girlfriend Sunday afternoon 
  • The other eight inmates remained on the run as of Monday 


Nine alleged members of Brazil‘s most violent gang were filmed fleeing from a police station after digging a tunnel out of their cell.  

The brazen escape took place approximately 3am Sunday when the inmates believed to be part of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang managed to break free from the police precinct in Campina da Lagoa.

The suspects reportedly had dug hole inside one of the cells and then excavated a tunnel which led them to the station’s courtyard area.

Surveillance video showed the detainees jumping off the top of a wall before they ran down a road. 

Still image from a surveillance at a police station in Campina da Lagoa, Brazil, shows three of the nine detainees during Sunday shocking escape. So far, only one of the inmates, identified as Robson Bueno has been captured

The police station escape plot involving nine prisoners included breaking apart the jail cell's floor. The detainees were able to move through a tunnel that led them to the precinct's courtyard, where they climbed over a wall. Only one of the nine inmates has been captured

The police station escape plot involving nine prisoners included breaking apart the jail cell’s floor. The detainees were able to move through a tunnel that led them to the precinct’s courtyard, where they climbed over a wall. Only one of the nine inmates has been captured

One of the escapees – identified as Robson Bueno – was recaptured hours later. 

Bueno was apprehended by the Civil Police while he was hiding out at a former girlfriend’s home on Sunday afternoon, according to Brazilian online news portal G1

Seven of the prisoners still on the run were identified as José Rahmen; Lourival Masiero; Francisco Vaz; Savio Borges; Givanildo Paulo; Carlos Ferreira; and Edson dos Santos. 

The name of the nine escapee was not released. 

Eight of the nine men who were being held at a police precinct in Paraná, Brazil, before escaping Sunday. José Rahmen; Francisco Vaz; Savio Borges (pictured left to right, top row) and Edson dos Santos; Carlos Ferreira; Givanildo Brito (pictured left, second from left, second from right, bottom row) remained on-the-run as of Monday. Robson Bueno (right, bottom row) was arrested Sunday afternoon

Eight of the nine men who were being held at a police precinct in Paraná, Brazil, before escaping Sunday. José Rahmen; Francisco Vaz; Savio Borges (pictured left to right, top row) and Edson dos Santos; Carlos Ferreira; Givanildo Brito (pictured left, second from left, second from right, bottom row) remained on-the-run as of Monday. Robson Bueno (right, bottom row) was arrested Sunday afternoon

Most of the detainees who escaped from the police station were said to be members of the notorious Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital), considered by the Brazilian government to be the largest criminal organization in the country

Most of the detainees who escaped from the police station were said to be members of the notorious Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital), considered by the Brazilian government to be the largest criminal organization in the country

The escape tunnel led the detainees to a section of the police station's courtyard

The escape tunnel led the detainees to a section of the police station’s courtyard 

The small jail, built to hold a capacity of 15 inmates, had 35 detainees before the shocking escape.

Most of the fleeing inmates were identified as members of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (First Command of the Capital), considered by the Brazilian government to be the largest criminal organization in the country.

The faction, which was founded in 1993 at the Taubaté Penitentiary, reportedly has 20,000 members and also has a presence in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay, and the United States.

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