da Silva, nicknamed “Shorty” for his small stature, made headlines around the world when he donned a dark wig, silicone mask and items of women’s clothing in his attempt to break out of prison.
But his nervous disposition caught the attention of prison guards who celebrated foiling the attempt by releasing a video of his unmasking on Sunday.
da Silva had been serving a sentence of nearly 74 years for drug smuggling, according to the BBC.
In the video that went viral, da Silva can be seen staring ahead with his hands behind his back as guards remove his wig and glasses. He then reluctantly removes his jacket and pink donut-themed T-shirt before catching his black bra as the straps tumble down his upper body.
Finally, he uses both hands to tug the silicone mask up over his head.
With his disguise gone, he stood tattooed and topless with a sheepish look on his face as he realized his bid for freedom had failed.
It was not his first attempted escape. In 2013, he and 30 other inmates fled a prison through the sewers, but da Silva was later caught, the BBC reported.
Da Silva’s escape attempt came a week after Brazil’s prison system drew attention worldwide following a violent riot between rival gangs where at least 57 inmates were killed — 16 of them decapitated.