A prisoner who drugged his twin brother and assumed his identity in order to escape a maximum security prison in Peru has been recaptured by police after a year on the run, officials confirmed Wednesday.
"We have managed to capture in a house in Callao the prisoner who fled a year ago posing as his twin brother," Commander of the Division of Kidnapping Franco Moreno told AFP.
Alexander Delgado, 28, was arrested on Monday after an intelligence operation lasting several months during which investigators followed his family and his twin brother.
"We submitted it to an identification process to have a greater identity accuracy and not to make mistakes with his twin brother," the official said.
Delgado, who had served 16 years since 2015 for rape and robbery, escaped on January 10, 2017 from the Maximum Security Ancon I prison, north of the capital, Lima.
That day, he was visited by his twin brother, Giancarlo, who he allegedly doped with a soda, later stealing his clothes and his ID in order to walk out of the prison through the front door, El Espectador reports.
"We hope now that they put him in a maximum security cell because of the events that have taken place," Moreno said.
The fugitive tried to escape the arresting agents by breaking into a house, but he was captured by police.
The Ministry of the Interior had previously offered a reward of US$6,200) for information leading to Delgado's capture.
Delgado was the first inmate ever to escape the Ancon I prison, which was opened 12 years earlier.