At least 26 escape from prison in northern Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 26 inmates escaped from a prison in northern Brazil on Monday, according to authorities, a day after 75 men broke out of a prison in neighboring Paraguay.
The prisoners made a hole in the wall of a cell and used sheets twisted and tied together to scale the outer wall of the prison in Rio Branco, Acre state’s Justice and Public Security Secretariat said.
The Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported the escapees were from the same gang involved in Sunday’s escape in Paraguay, the notorious First Capital Command, though officials did not confirm that.
Meanwhile, Brazilian police said they had recaptured at least one of the 75 inmates who fled the prison in Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, on Sunday. He wasn’t identified.
Forty of those escapees are Brazilians.