Peru jail twin who switched with brother is recaptured

Peru jail twin who switched with brother is recaptured

A man who escaped jail by swapping places with his twin brother has finally been recaptured over a year after his extraordinary escape.

Alexander Delgado had been serving a 16-year sentence for child sexual abuse and robbery in a prison north of Lima.

Director of the National Penitentiary Institute, Carlos Vasquez, reportedly said that when Delgado was captured he would be transferred to the high altitude prison Challapalca.

He has asked his twin brother, Giancarlo Steven Delgado Herrera to visit him and bring some of his favourite snacks and treats into the prison.

A prisoner in Peru left prison guards seeing double - after he allegedly drugged his twin and left him in his cell.

Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported the brother was detained for several hours but released after fingerprints confirmed his identity.

He was spotted in the port city of Callao after the Ministry of the Interior offered S/20,000, or a little more than $6,100, for information leading to his arrest.

While his brother was on the run, police had arrested Giancarlo on suspicion of helping with the escape.

He will now be moved to a maximum security prison in highlands in the south of the country.

The head of Peru's interior ministry said: "Today there was the recapture of a violator who on 10 January 2017 fled Piedras Gordas when he was supplanted by his brother".

"I was desperate to see my mother", he told local media following his arrest.