Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Spanish police are still trying to figure out how alleged kidnapper Jose Carlos Serna twice escaped from jail on the authority of a fax. Serna was arrested after police discovered him hiding in a carved out sofa in his home in a Madrid suburb. The reputed head of a kidnapping gang, Serna was freed after jailers received a bogus fax purportedly from the regional court ordering his release. A call was even placed to the jail confirming the fax. Jail officials tried to verify the order with the court but their calls went unreturned.
Serna tried the same ploy a month earlier when another bogus fax fooled guards into an unwarranted release from another jail. Police think Serna’s wife, Gema, was the prolific faxer, and arrested her.
Since his most recent escape Serna temporarily evaded police by having a henchman drive him around all the while pretending to be an Italian professor. Police finally arrested the escapee by crashing through the skylight at his fortified home and taking him into custody. This time police say faxes won’t be good enough to release him.
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger