This wasn’t the first time Faïd managed to pull off a spectacular escape. In 2013, he took four wardens hostage and blasted his way out of a different prison in northern France using dynamite. That made him the country’s most wanted fugitive, and one that French authorities have spent countless resources and hours chasing since the late 1990s, when he was first sentenced to 18 years in prison for armed robbery.

Faïd is known as something of a book and movie buff: Police nicknamed him “The Writer” because he co-wrote two books about his delinquent youth, growing up in a poor suburb of Paris. He has said he is a fan of gangster films, which he credits with teaching him how to pull off raids from the age of 12, especially Tony Montana from Scarface. He is a fan of Michael Mann’s crime thrillers (including Miami Vice and Heat), and once approached Mann at a Paris film festival and told him: “You were my technical adviser.”

He was captured earlier today (Oct. 3) in the town of Creil, along with three other men, including his brother. French justice minister Nicole Belloubet told Europe 1 radio, “We’re going to put him in a high-security facility where he will be watched extremely closely.”

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