Peruvian police recapture prisoner who swapped places with twin brother

Alexander Delgado Herrera drugged his twin brother to escape from prison

Alexander Delgado, who had been serving a 16-year sentence for child sexual abuse in a prison north of Peru's capital Lima, told local media following his arrest that he had devised the cunning plan "because I was desperate to see my mother".

When his twin Giancarlo visited him in jail, Alexander drugged him, put on his clothes and walked out.

Peruvian authorities finally caught up with Herrera on February 13, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.

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While Alexander was on the run, police investigated Giancarlo for complicity in his brother's escape but found no evidence that he colluded in the plot and released him.

Reports say that he was drugged with a can of pop given to him in his brother's cell during a visit.

It was several hours before guards suspected that something was wrong.

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They checked the identity of the now-incarcerated twin brother by his fingerprints, but it was already too late.

He was spotted in the port city of Callao after the Ministry of the Interior offered S/20,000, or a little more than $6,100, for information leading to his arrest.

"The case of the twin is unbelievable, in 12 years no one had escaped from [the prison]", Justice Minister Marisol Perez Tello told La Nacion.

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On Monday, the interior ministry issued a statement that read, "Today there was the recapture of a rapist who on January 10, 2017 left Piedras Gordas being supplanted by his brother".

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