Jail break goes south
Clauvino da Silva had it all planned out. Using items allegedly smuggled to him inside the Brazilian prison where he is serving a lengthy sentence on drug charges, the inmate known as "Shorty" would impersonate his daughter and walk out.
It didn't work, despite his best efforts to look like his 19-year-old daughter. He was caught by guards wearing a silicone mask, dark wig, glasses, a pink shirt and black bra - and authorities later released a video of his unmasking.
Officials at the Rio de Janeiro prison said da Silva's nervousness gave him away.
In the video released by authorities, da Silva can be seen staring ahead with his hands behind his back as guards remove his wig and glasses. He then reluctantly removes his jacket and pink donut-themed T-shirt before catching his black bra as the straps tumble down his upper body.
Finally, he uses both hands to tug the silicone mask up over his head.
With his disguise gone, he stood tattooed and topless with a sheepish look on his face as he realized his bid for freedom was foiled.
Investigators are probing whether relatives and friends who had visited the 42-year-old da Silva, including his 19-year-old daughter, had smuggled the items he used for the attempted prison break.
According to the BBC, da Silva is currently serving a sentence of nearly 74 years for drug smuggling.
Da Silva has been transferred to a maximum prison where he'll be closely monitored to ensure he doesn't attempt to escape jail once again, officials said.
It was not his first attempted escape. In 2013, he and 30 other inmates fled a prison through the sewers, but da Silva was later caught, the BBC reported.
Da Silva's latest attempt to escape came a week after Brazil's prison system drew attention worldwide following a violent riot between rival gangs where at least 57 inmates were killed - 16 of them decapitated.