A notorious French gangster is on the run after his cronies stole a helicopter and airlifted him out of prison


  • A notorious French criminal is on the run after pulling off a brazen escape in a helicopter.
  • Redoine Faid was serving 25 years for involvement in a failed robbery and murder of a police officer in a prison near Paris.
  • Three masked gunmen armed with assault rifles landed a stolen helicopter at the prison and plucked Faid out at around 11:20 a.m. on Sunday. 
  • Nearly 3,000 French police have been recruited to search for the criminal, who had escaped prison once before. 

A notorious French criminal is on the run after pulling off a brazen escape in a helicopter from a prison near Paris. 

According to the Associated Press, Redoine Faid, who is serving 25 years for failed robbery and murder of a police officer, previously escaped another prison in 2013 using explosives hidden in packs of tissues before being rearrested a month later.  

Faid pulled off his latest escape at around 11:20 a.m. local time on Sunday, according to the BBC. Three gunmen dressed in balaclavas and armed with assault rifles landed a stolen helicopter in the Reau Prison courtyard. The pilot of the helicopter had been taken hostage from a nearby flying club.

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Police later found the helicopter burned in the town of Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris. Faid and his accomplices are believed to have ditched the airplane and escaped by car. The pilot was later released with no physical injuries, according to AP. 

France’s Justice Ministry Nicole Belloubet said the escape took only “a few minutes.” 

“It was an extremely well-prepared commando unit that may have used drones to survey the area beforehand,” she said, according to the BBC. 

The manhunt is ongoing and an interior ministry official told AFP that nearly 3,000 French police were recruited for the search. 

Faid, a 46-year-old gang leader, committed his first bank robbery in 1990, and was arrested in 1998 after three years on the run in Switzerland and Israel, according to local media. He was sentenced to 30 years in jail but was released on parole after ten years. In 2009 he wrote a memoir, and claimed to have given up a life of crime.

But he was arrested in 2011 on suspicion of masterminding a robbery that resulted in the death of a police officer. 

According to the BBC, Faid has said his lifestyle was inspired by Hollywood gangster films, including “Scarface.” 

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Edwardsville attorney honored as one of the 10 best criminal attorneys in Illinois – Madison County Record

Attorney Deborah A. Hawkins  

EDWARDSVILLE – Attorney Deborah A. Hawkins of Hawkins Law Office recently was named one of the “10 Best Criminal Lawyers for Client Satisfaction in Illinois” for the second straight year by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.

Attorneys who are selected to the list must pass the Institute’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, research, and the Institute’s independent evaluation, states the press release announcing the designation.

According to the Institute, “one of the most-significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. … Selection criteria therefore focuses on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction.”

On Martindale.com, one of Hawkins former clients said, “She is very calm, knowledgeable of the legal process, and most importantly she is a fair and honest lawyer.” 

In a recent article in the Illinois Business Journal, Hawkins said that she treats clients respectfully because many cases are rife with emotions. 

“I listen to the client and advise them of the strengths of the case,” she told the Illinois Business Journal. “The client makes the decision. I try not to impose my personal feelings on the case. I have to be open-minded and not judgmental.”

Hawkins received her bachelor of arts from Millikin University, a master of arts from the University of Iowa and her juris doctor from St. Louis University.

She is affiliated with the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis,

Her office is located at 101 West Vandalia St., Suite 150, in the Mark Twain Plaza I building, close to the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville.

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