Brazilians are taking a guilty delight in the social media account of an escaped convict who broke out of prison last Sunday only to start posting selfies of his escape along with a Facebook update announcing his plans for life on the lam.
Brayan Bremer was one of more than 70 inmates who escaped from the Antonio Trinidade prison near Manaus last Sunday. While they made a run for it through the jungle, violent riots broke out between gangs in a neighboring prison, resulting in 56 inmates killed and another 100 escaped.
Instead of quietly slipping away, Bremer, who was incarcerated for drug trafficking, stopped in the Amazon to document his escape on Facebook with this prison-break selfie.
He then stopped for a second photo that included a status update identifying the town he's heading, with a message for the “single ladies” to “watch out” because he's coming.
The convict's brazen use of Facebook made him an overnight sensation on Brazilian social media, where people have opened Brayan Bremer parody accounts and have photoshopped his picture into several movie posters, including the Portuguese version of the Shawshank Redemption.
Another meme features Bremer and one of his buddies starring in the animated film Chicken Run.
And here in a spoof poster for Catch me if You Can
Bremer, despite announcing his moves, is still on the run. Brazilian police did, however, manage to recapture Francisco Asiss de Oliveira, one of the other escaped convicts who appeared in one of Bremer's other Facebook selfies.
As the manhunt continues, police are also investigating the gruesome prison riot at the Anisio Jobim prison that left 56 inmates dead, some of whom were even decapitated by rival gangs in the turf battle.
Brazil's justice minister said on Monday that investigators are hoping to find out who started the prison riot to transfer those responsible to other prisons.
Brazilian authorities might also want to look into how Bremer acquired a cellphone with data a plan while behind bars. He may eventually get caught, but for now Bremer could change his Facebook status to "Brazil's most famous fugitive."
Manuel Rueda is a correspondent for Fusion, covering Mexico and South America. He travels from donkey festivals, to salsa clubs to steamy places with cartel activity.