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Prisoner recaptured a year after switching clothes with drugged twin brother

14 February 2018

A convicted felon who drugged his twin brother during a visit and walked out of prison while assuming his identity has been captured after more than a year on the run.

Alexander Jeferson Delgado Herrera, 27, was two years into a 16-year sentence for robbery and sexual assault at the Piedras Gordas prison, in Lima Province, when he escaped in January last year.

The incarcerated Delgado then apparently proceeded to drug his brother, swap clothes, and stroll on out of jail.

Authorities were able to confirm that Alexander had left his brother in his place when they took 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.

In the initial confusion as to what had transpired, the police suspected that Giancarlo had aided his twin brother in his escape plan.

Amid the confusion, Ciancarlo was arrested for aiding his brother's escape, but the charges were later dropped.

And his time as a fugitive finally came to an end on Monday when he was arrested in the port city of Callao. It is not clear if the police was tipped off by someone about Alexander's whereabouts or they tracked him on their own.

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

Prisoner recaptured a year after switching clothes with drugged twin brother