Inmate accused of drugging twin, swapping places to escape jail
A prisoner in Peru left prison guards seeing double — after he allegedly drugged his twin and left him in his cell.
Alexander Delgado was serving a 16-year sentence for child sexual abuse and robbery in a correctional center when he allegedly concocted a scheme in January 2016 to swap places with his twin brother, Giancarlo, the BBC reported.
During a visit from his twin, the inmate reportedly drugged his brother, changed into his clothes and strolled out of the prison north of Lima.
The switch was only later confirmed when the jail took his brother’s fingerprints, officials said.
Delgado remained on the lam for 13 months until he was arrested Monday in Callao, according to the BBC.
He reportedly told authorities that he planned the jailbreak “because [he] was desperate to see [his] mother.”
His twin, Giancarlo, was arrested on suspicion of collaborating with his brother but later released.