Three Canadian inmates decided to act out an elaborate scheme straight out of a Die Hard movie in exchange for their freedom.
According to CNN, Yves Denis Yvon Lamontagne, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49 escaped from a detention center in Quebec City with the help of a helicopter. The men escaped on Saturday night as the helicopter briefly touched down in the center.
“A helicopter touched down briefly in the courtyard before taking off with the three prisoners,” Ann Mathieu, a spokeswoman for Quebec Provincial Police, told CNN.
“We are talking closely with the detention center to figure out exactly how the escape transpired,” Mathieu told CNN partner CBC. “The priority … is to find the helicopter.”
A massive manhunt is underway, but in order to keep the prisoners on their toes, officials aren’t giving out too much information.
The first two men were arrested in a drug bust in 2010 and were awaiting trial. Police found weapons, dozens of cars and a plane during the bust, it said. There was no information provided on the third suspect.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time prisoners escaped with the help of a helicopter. The first time was in Montreal last year.
In March 2013, two men posing as tourists commandeered a helicopter from a Canadian tour company, ordered the pilot to fly over a detention center near Montreal, hoisted two inmates into the hovering aircraft using cables — and zipped away.
It was a real “James Bond moment,” witness Francis Emond said about last year’s escape from the facility in Saint-Jerome, northwest of Montreal.
Police are hoping to catch the prisoners soon and figure out exactly how the helicopter was able to sweep them away.
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