Guards bag prisoner in Mexico suitcase jailbreak

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Posted: Jul 05, 2011 2:35 PM
Guards bag prisoner in Mexico suitcase jailbreak

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican prisoner hoped to take a trip to freedom by packing himself into his girlfriend's suitcase.

But guards at the jail in the southeastern town of Chetumal grew suspicious when the woman seemed nervous as she wheeled out the bulging bag after a conjugal visit with the prisoner.

Opening the luggage, guards found Juan Ramirez folded into the fetal position in his underpants and socks, a spokeswoman for local federal police said on Tuesday.

Ramirez and his girlfriend face criminal charges over the bungled escape.

(Writing by Dave Graham; Editing by John O'Callaghan)