A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary's main door in her place, authorities said on Sunday. Clauvino da Silva, also known as "Shorty", donned a silicon girl's mask and long dark-haired wig for his attempted jail break in the western part of Rio de Janeiro. But prison officials said the nervousness displayed as he tried to leave the prison in his disguise gave him away. His plan was apparently to leave his 19-year-old daughter inside the jail. Police are looking into her possible role as an accomplice in Saturday's failed escape attempt from Gericino prison. The gang leader had apparently planned to leave his 19-year-old daughter in the prison Credit: Rio de Janeiro Penitentiary Administration Secretariat /AP Rio's State Secretary of Prison Administration released photos showing da Silva in the mask and wig, wearing tight jeans and a pink shirt with a cartoon image of donuts. They also released a video in which da Silva can be seen removing the mask and some of the clothes, and saying his full name. Authorities say da Silva was part of the leadership of the Red Command, one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in a large part of Rio. After the failed escape bid, da Silva was transferred to a unit of a maximum-security prison and will face disciplinary sanctions, officials said.
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