Almost 100 prisoners from the Parnamirim State Penitentiary in Rio Grande do Norte escaped managed to escape through a very narrow 90-foot tunnel leading outside their cells. Guards arrived in the morning to find the cells empty and the tunnel exposed.
As the inmates ran for it, they stripped off their clothes and headed for different directions. While Brazil’s police force is working on capturing all of them, 8 have already been caught.
Authorities found 8 of the escaped convicts, and were not shy about punishing them. Since the convicts stripped off their clothes, officers shackled them and forced them to march back to the prison entirely naked.
The Daily Mail reports:
Almost 100 inmates escaped from a jail in Brazil after digging a 90ft tunnel under the prison walls, it has emerged.
Guards at the Parnamirim State Penitentiary in Rio Grande do Norte found the tunnel and the empty cells in the early hours of the morning.
They also found piles of clothes by the exit to the hole after prisoners discarded their uniforms, changed into civilian clothes and sprinted off to find getaway cars.
However, eight inmates were later recaptured and prison guards posted pictures of them lying handcuffed and naked on the floor.
The escapees somehow had time to wriggle along the 90ft homemade tunnel.
As they emerged the other side of the prison wall, they left piles of abandoned prison uniforms and jail issue flip flops.
Then they reportedly waited at a nearby road for getaway cars to ferry them away from the jail, according to local reports.
More escapes were only thwarted when the heavily armed Military Police surrounded the jail and sealed the tunnel.
Prison officials told local media they have no accurate figure for the number of successful escapees but it is reported to be as high as 82.