Brazilian prisoner Hosmany Ramos tried to escape custody when he was being transferred from the prison on Skólavördurstígur in Reykjavík to Reykjavík District Court on Tuesday. He threatened prison guards with a homemade weapon.
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Ramos managed to remove his handcuffs inside the police vehicle. When a prison guard planned to escort the convict out of the car, he threatened the guard with a sharp weapon and made a run for it, Morgunbladid reports.
The escapee was caught after approximately one minute and was given ten days in solitary confinement as punishment. The weapon was made from a wire, which Ramon probably found inside a toilet brush.
Ramos’s lawyer, Hilmar Ingimundarson, said the convict might have been buying more time in Iceland with his attempted escape; he doesn’t want to be extradited to his home country.
Ramos, who is in his sixties, was arrested at Keflavík International Airport in August. He was traveling with a false passport.
He is wanted in Brazil, where he has been found guilty of robbery, kidnapping and resisting arrest, and the Icelandic Ministry of Justice had agreed to extradite him.
Ingimundarson said his client has objected his custody sentence continuously being extended while his case of extradition is being handled by Reykjavík District Court.