A Brazilian gang leader was caught impersonating his teenage daughter in an attempt to escape from a Rio de Janeiro prison on Saturday, marking his second attempt to escape.
Clauvino da Silva, also known as "Shorty," could have gotten away with it if he hadn't appeared nervous in front of the guards at the Bangu prison complex, according to the Associated Press. Da Silva, 42, wore a mask, a long dark-haired wig, jeans, and a pink shirt to look like his 19-year-old daughter while trying to get out the front door of the facility.
His plan was to exchange places with his daughter, who was in prison for a visit that day. Da Silva may have intended to leave her in place: authorities are investigating whether she was in the plan, the AP reported.
"When he started speaking and pretended to speak like a woman, the guard realized that this was an attempted prison break and identified him," said the deputy director of prison operations, Moyses Henriques, according to Reuters.
"Actually, this was an act of despair, as [Silva] faces a 73-year sentence, and recently received another 25 more years."
However, after his feat, it seems that he could not bear his frustration and hanged himself.
Authorities said da Silva's daughter and seven other visitors were arrested on suspicion of helping him escape, Reuters reported.
Images shared by the O Dia newspaper showed da Silva taking off his clothes and taking off his mask before saying his name.
Da Silva was transported to the Laércio da Costa Pelegrino Penitentiary and will face disciplinary sanctions, the publication reported.
Authorities said da Silva was part of the Red Command, a powerful criminal organization for trafficking in arms and drugs in Brazil, according to the AP.
Saturday's stunt marked da Silva's second known escape attempt. In 2013, he was among the 31 prisoners who escaped the Vicente Piragibe Penal Institute through its sewer system, according to the New York Times. He was finally caught.
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