Brazilian gangster attempts prison break dressed up as daughter

Clauvino da Silva, known as "Baixinho" which means "Shorty", attempted to brazenly walk out past the guards in western Rio de Janeiro's Gericinó jail.

By ALEX WINSTON
August 5, 2019 23:51
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Prison cell block

Prison cell block. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

A Brazilian gang leader failed in an attempt to escape from jail by dressing up as his visiting teenage daughter, Brazilian authorities reported on Sunday.

Clauvino da Silva, known as "Baixinho" which means "Shorty," attempted to brazenly walk out past the guards in western Rio de Janeiro's Gericinó jail, dressed in female clothes and wearing a silicon mask and a wig.

Photos released of da Siva show him wearing the mask, women's jeans and a pink T-shirt, with a black wig.

A video shared by a Brazilian army officer on Twitter showed da Silva removing his clothes and declaring his name.


His nervousness gave him away to prison officials.

Authorities said da Silva's plan was to leave his 19-year-old daughter in his jail cell. Her possible role in the failed escape is being investigated by police.

Da Silva was part of the Red Command gang, one of the most powerful criminal factions in Brazil, controlling a large amount of the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro.

After the failed escape, da Silva was transferred to a maximum-security prison, authorities said.


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