Prisoners make daring helicopter escape from Canadian prison

By Daniel S Levine,

Police have arrested all four men who made a daring helicopter escape from a prison north of Montreal in Quebec.

This might sound like the story from a Hollywood blockbuster, but this all went down in reality on Sunday afternoon. According to The Globe and Mail, it started when two men, one of whom was affiliated with a biker gang, hijacked a tour company’s helicopter. They ordered the pilot at gunpoint to fly them to the prison in St-Jérôme, Quebec. Police say they used ropes and cables to bring two inmates up to the helicopter.

During the ordeal, one of the inmates, Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, called Quebec media outlets and said, “It will end badly...I’ll kill myself, I’m 36 years old, I was told that I would die in prison.” The other inmate was identified as Danny Provençal, 33.

Police did find the helicopter, but only the pilot was inside. He was taken to a local hospital and will be questioned during the investigation.

However, just six hours after the escape, three of the men were found and arrested, reports CNN. Provençal was not among them, although he later surrendered and they will all be in court Monday.

Yves Galarneau, the deputy director general of Correctional Services Western Quebec, told the media that he had never encountered anything like this before and admitted that “The reaction time was probably too slow.”

“As far as I know, it’s a first in Quebec,” Galarneau added. “It’s exceptional.”

Hudon-Barbeau and Provençal both have long criminal records. Provençal was even part of a deadly police chase in 2011 that resulted in the death of his accomplice.



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