Peruvian police recapture prisoner who swapped places with twin brother

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A prisoner who escaped from a maximum security jail in Peru by drugging his visiting twin brother before stealing his clothes, has been captured.

Alexander Delgado Herrera had been serving 16 years for child sex abuse and robbery when his twin, Giancarlo, visited him at Piedras Gordas "Ancon I" prison north of Lima last January.

He then changed into the brother's clothes and walked out of jail.

On Monday, police re-arrested Alexander Delgado in the port city of Callao after the Ministry of the Interior offered a reward for information leading to his capture.

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Apparently, not one of the guards noticed that he did not have the stamp on his arm given to all prison visitors to avoid such an escape from happening. Giancarlo, who was left on the floor of the prison cell, was initially arrested and investigated for helping his brother.

Peruvian authorities have recaptured a prisoner after a year on the run.

Amid the confusion, Ciancarlo was arrested for aiding his brother's escape, but the charges were later dropped. It is not clear if the police was tipped off by someone about Alexander's whereabouts or they tracked him on their own. In this photo, the perimetral fence and a surveillance tower of the San Juan de Lurigancho prison in Lima on January 5, 2011.

Alexander said in an interview with local news that he used the tactic 'because I was desperate to see my mother'. "In addition, the conditions of detention of many detainees are excessively severe, as they are practically not allowed to spend time in the yard nor to do physical exercise".

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