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Brazil gang leader dresses up as daughter in jail escape bid

This photo released by the Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat, shows a man who authorities identify as jailed Brazilian drug trafficker Clauvino da Silva, alias “Baixinho,” which means "Shorty," wearing a mask and feminine clothing, as his hands are confined behind his back at a prison complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. Authorities say the prisoner tried but failed to escape from the prison wearing the disguise. (Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat via AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Authorities say a Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary’s main door in her place.

But prison officials say the nervousness displayed by Clauvino da Silva, also known as “Shorty,” as he tried to leave the prison in the western part of Rio de Janeiro dressed as a woman gave him away.

His plan was apparently to leave his 19-year-old daughter inside the jail. Police are looking into her possible role as an accomplice in Saturday’s escape attempt.

Rio’s State Secretary of Prison Administration released photos Sunday showing da Silva in a silicon girl’s mask and long dark-haired wig, wearing tight jeans and a pink shirt with a cartoon image of donuts.

The Associated Press