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

Moment when nine members of Brazil’s most violent gang escape from a police station after digging a tunnel from their cell

  • Nine alleged members of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang escaped from a police station in Brazil before dawn on Sunday morning.
  • The prisoners were all held in a cell in the Campina da Lagoa district
  • They would have dug a hole in their cell and made a tunnel that led them out
  • Surveillance videos show them jumping over a wall and running away
  • One of the suspects, Robson Bueno, was held in an ex-girlfriend’s home on Sunday afternoon
  • The other eight prisoners were still on the run on Monday

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

The brutal escape took place around 3 a.m. on Sunday when the inmates believed to be part of the Primeiro Comando da Capital gang managed to escape from the police station in Campina da Lagoa.

The suspects reportedly dug a hole in one of the cells and then excavated a tunnel that led them into the station courtyard.

Surveillance videos show the detainees jumping from the top of a wall before running down a road.

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

The police station's escape plan involving nine inmates involved tearing down the floor of the prison cell.  The detainees were able to move through a tunnel that led them to the courtyard of the police station, where they climbed over a wall.  Only one of the nine prisoners has been captured

The police station’s escape plan involving nine inmates involved tearing down the floor of the prison cell. The detainees were able to move through a tunnel that led them to the courtyard of the police station, where they climbed over a wall. Only one of the nine prisoners has been captured

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

Bueno was detained by civilian police on Sunday afternoon while hiding in an ex-girlfriend’s house, according to Brazil’s 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 escapees has not been released.

Eight of the nine men were held at a police station in Paraná, Brazil, before escaping on Sunday.  Jose 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 from Monday.  Robson Bueno (right, bottom row) was arrested Sunday afternoon

Eight of the nine men were held at a police station in Paraná, Brazil, before escaping on Sunday. Jose 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 from Monday. Robson Bueno (right, bottom row) was arrested Sunday afternoon

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

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

The escape tunnel led the detainees to part of the courtyard of the police station

The escape tunnel led the detainees to part of the courtyard of the police station

The small prison, built to hold a capacity of 15 inmates, held 35 inmates for the shocking escape.

Most of the fleeing detainees 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 in the prison of Taubaté, is said to have 20,000 members and is also present in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and the United States.

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