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From the “You Can’t Make this up” File (Cross-Dressing on the Run Edition)

Via Colombia Reports:   Colombia police arrests escaped prisoner in spite of convincing sex change

Police in the north of Colombia on Monday arrested an escaped prisoner who apparently tried to avoid capture by dressing as a woman and even getting breast implants.

After escaping from prison where he had been sentenced to serve 60 years, Giovanni Rebolledo reportedly decided to get breast implants to help him avoid capture.

Despite his rather impressive new rack, Police recaptured Rebolledo during a routine stop and search in the Viejo Prado district of the northern coastal city of Barranquilla.

That last sentence is one I can safely say I have never read before.

 

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor and Chair of Political Science at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. He is the author of Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia and is currently working on a comparative study of the US to 29 other democracies. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging at PoliBlog since 2003. Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Lahar says:

    Having worked in Colombia this “guy” was obvious. All real Colombian women are better looking.

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  2. Tyrell says:

    Where did he get the money for implants?

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  3. Sheri says:

    Every time I see implants my first thought is, “Congratulations. You’ll never be able to look under a couch or effectively do a push-up again.”

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  4. Jay Gischer says:

    Multiple people who are dear to me, including my daughter, have transitioned from presenting male to presenting and living as a woman in the culture. It’s a 24/7 thing for them, and it reflects an inner reality. History is quite murky on this point, but this sort of thing appears to have been happening for a long time, across a very wide span of cultures, including many Native American cultures.

    I don’t know whether Rebolledo is sincere or not, but the assumption that he is not echoes strongly the complaints about trans women who are “just trying to get a peek in the bathroom” or trying to avoid the stiffest competition in sports or whatever.

    I know from first-hand experience how difficult it can be to wrap your mind around this, but almost none of the people who change gender are faking it. Try to imagine just living for 24 hours as another gender. Wouldn’t you find it exhausting and want to be done with it?

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  5. Franklin says:

    @Jay Gischer:

    I don’t know whether Rebolledo is sincere or not, but the assumption that he is not echoes strongly the complaints about trans women who are “just trying to get a peek in the bathroom” or trying to avoid the stiffest competition in sports or whatever.

    I think the motivation to not go back behind bars for the rest of his/her life is a tad more noteworthy than “just trying to get a peek in the bathroom”. One might even consider it suspicious behavior of a known criminal.

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  6. BIll says:

    He’ll be in need of lots of support the rest of his life.

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  7. Jay L. Gischer says:

    And yet, @Franklin, she’s the only criminal I’ve ever heard of to use this tactic. One would think that, if it was so easy to do, criminals would do it more often.

    Again, I’m not saying it isn’t merely an evasion tactic. It could be, particularly in other countries. For instance, Iraq is much more tolerant of gender dysphoria than of homosexuality. As a result, some homosexuals get sex changes, thinking it will allow them to openly be together with a partner, only to find that their partner is no longer interested. In the US, there are serious protocols in place to prevent people from getting medical interventions for bad reasons such as this, and these protocols will weed out criminal evasion of capture, too.

    But assuming that it is actually is contrary to all available statistical evidence.

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