Kin arrested in brother's helicopter jailbreak

Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau is seen in this undated file photo.

Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau is seen in this undated file photo.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:42 PM ET

MONTREAL - The father of an inmate who broke out of a Quebec jail via helicopter last winter says he's "floored" to hear that his three other sons have been arrested in the daring plot.

"Four of my sons are behind bars," Michel Barbeau told QMI Agency. "It's a statement of failure."

Vincent, Samuel and Emile Barbeau, aged 25, 26 and 27, were arrested north of Montreal on Wednesday. Also arrested was Luana Larose, the 30-year-old girlfriend of the biker-linked jailbreaker, Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau.

The woman and the three brothers were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.

Hudon-Barbeau was hoisted out of St-Jerome detention centre on March 17 after two gunmen posing as tourists hijacked a helicopter about 60 km north of Montreal.

The helicopter dropped cables to Hudon-Barbeau and cellmate Dany Provencal, flying away with both men.

The jailbreakers made off in an SUV and police were fired upon when they gave chase. Hudon-Barbeau and Provencal were captured later in the day after trying to escape from a chalet they allegedly broke into.

The suspects face charges of kidnapping, forcible confinement, use of a firearm and hijacking.

Michel Barbreau said he laughed in disbelief when a lawyer called him Wednesday to tell him that three more sons would be joining Benjamin behind bars.

"I thought it couldn't be," he said.

Barbeau says he won't even try to defend his sons if they're found guilty.

"I just want to throw in the towel," said the exasperated father.


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