Police recapture gangster who went on the run following helicopter escape from ...

A gangster who went on the run following a spectacular prison escape over the summer has been recaptured in France. 

Redoine Faid, whom police had tracked since early July, after armed gunmen sprung him from jail to escape in a helicopter, was arrested in the town of Creil, north of Paris. 

His brother Rachid and two other family members were also detained, a police source said.

Faid, who once said his life was inspired by films like 'Scarface', was serving a 25-year sentence at a prison south of the French capital for an armed robbery that went wrong and led to the death of a policewoman in 2010.

In July, dramatic footage emerged of the moment he pulled off a brazen jailbreak by fleeing from a prison near Paris in a hijacked helicopter.  

A gangster who went on the run following a spectacular prison escape over the summer has been recaptured in France. Pictured is the building in Creil, northern France, where the police raid took place

A gangster who went on the run following a spectacular prison escape over the summer has been recaptured in France. Pictured is the building in Creil, northern France, where the police raid took place

Pictures show a broken door in the flat where fugitive Redoine Faid was arrested in Creil, in the department of Oise, northern France

Pictures show a broken door in the flat where fugitive Redoine Faid was arrested in Creil, in the department of Oise, northern France

Faid (pictured), who once said his life was inspired by films like 'Scarface', was serving a 25-year sentence at a prison south of the French capital for an armed robbery that went wrong and led to the death of a policewoman in 2010 

Faid (pictured), who once said his life was inspired by films like 'Scarface', was serving a 25-year sentence at a prison south of the French capital for an armed robbery that went wrong and led to the death of a policewoman in 2010 

A gangster who went on the run following a spectacular prison escape (pictured) over the summer involving a hijacked helicopter has been recaptured in France

A gangster who went on the run following a spectacular prison escape (pictured) over the summer involving a hijacked helicopter has been recaptured in France

Faid went on the run following a spectacular prison escape (pictured) over the summer involving a hijacked helicopter

The 46-year-old who was once France's most wanted man broke out of the penitentiary in Reau in the capital's southeastern suburbs, with the help of two accomplices in an operation lasting just ten minutes.

They used smoke bombs and angle grinders to overcome wardens in the facility's visiting room where Faid was talking to a brother.

In video captured inside the jail, inmates could be heard cheering as guards sprinted through the prison grounds and a helicopter hovered overhead.

A huge manhunt, involving nearly 3,000 police officers was launched across France. French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said the commandos most likely 'used drones to survey the location' beforehand.

It was the second time Faid had pulled off a spectacular jailbreak - in 2013, he blasted his way out of a prison in northern France using dynamite. He was recaptured six weeks later. 

Redoine Faid, whom police had tracked since early July, after armed gunmen sprung him from jail (pictured) to escape in a helicopter, was arrested in the town of Creil, north of Paris 

Redoine Faid, whom police had tracked since early July, after armed gunmen sprung him from jail (pictured) to escape in a helicopter, was arrested in the town of Creil, north of Paris 

A huge manhunt was launched after Faid's July escape. Pictures show the  helicopter said to have been used in the escape after it was abandoned

A huge manhunt was launched after Faid's July escape. Pictures show the  helicopter said to have been used in the escape after it was abandoned

Police are pictured investigating a car abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid at O'Parinor shopping mall in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris in July

Police are pictured investigating a car abandoned by French armed robber Redoine Faid at O'Parinor shopping mall in Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris in July

The helicopter - hijacked from a terrified flight instructor - landed in the prison yard.

Guards did not open fire, fearing the aircraft would crash into prison buildings and because of the civilian pilot.

The two black-clad men armed with assault rifles set off smoke bombs before breaking their way into the prison's visitation room using power tools.

Informed sources earlier said there were three accomplices. The wardens, who were unarmed, fled to safety and raised the alarm.

The accomplices went into the visitation room, reportedly armed with Kalashnikov rifles, and demanded Faid's release, BFM-TV reported.

A union representative told local media that the men were 'dressed in black and hooded' while wearing police armbands.

The helicopter was later found in Garges-lès-Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of Paris about 37 miles from the prison.

Armed police stand by as investigators transport an Alouette II helicopter allegedly abandoned by French prisoner Redoine Faid to pull off a brazen prison break in July

Armed police stand by as investigators transport an Alouette II helicopter allegedly abandoned by French prisoner Redoine

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