Peruvian police recapture prisoner who swapped places with twin brother

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A maximum-security prisoner who escaped by drugging his twin brother and changing into his clothes has been captured after a year on the run.

Alexander Jheferson Delgado Herrera was serving a 16-year prison sentence when he escaped on January 10, 2017, the Guardian reports.

Alexander drugged his brother, swapped clothes and walked out of the jail in January 2017.

Authorities confirmed the wrong twin was behind bars after taking Giancarlo's fingerprints.

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.

While Alexander was on the run, Giancarlo was arrested and investigated by police on suspicion of having collaborated with his brother.

"It's unbelievable, in 12 years nobody had escaped from Ancón I", Justice Minister Marisol Pérez Tello was quoted as saying by the local media.

Charges against the brother for helping his twin were eventually dropped.

He's now on his way back to prison, but it's unlikely his twin brother will be visiting him again in a hurry.

After being recaptured, Alexander, who also went by the alias Vaporito, said he escaped from prison because he was "desperate" to see his 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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