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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:05 PM

2 Inmates Escape From Federal Prison in Chicago

Source: Associated Press

2 Inmates Escape From Federal Prison in Chicago

By By DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM Associated Press
CHICAGO December 18, 2012 (AP)

Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from a federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution.

The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground.

Jose Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, had been wearing prison-issue orange jumpsuits, but now might be wearing white t-shirts, gray sweat pants and white gym shoes, Lazarro said.

The FBI said in a statement that the men were last seen together in the Tinley Park area, about 25 miles southwest of Chicago, and that they should be considered armed and dangerous. Police SWAT teams stormed a Tinley Park home early in the afternoon, but it was not immediately clear what they found.

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Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/inmates-escape-federal-prison-chicago-18005923

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:12 PM

1. I live in Tinley Park and

so far today we have received calls from our two local school districts about the schools being on a "soft lock down" meaning anyone they don't know won't be let into the buildings and also a call from the Village with information about the escaped inmates. I had to call my sister and tell her to end her run early because she left before I had heard anything about this and you just don't know.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:18 PM

2. How did they do that?

While it sounds like a classic plot from a 1930s prison-escape movie, if you know this building, designed by the great Chicago architect Harry Weese in 1971, the windows are only 5 inches wide (and 7 feet tall)--mere slits. It's a very recognizable structure in the otherwise impressive landscape of Chicago architecture.



Maybe they were in some other part of the building with more accessible windows. I'll have to read further.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:41 PM

3. A knotted sheet rope ...

to go down 20 stories ... They wanted out in a bad way.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 02:55 PM

4. Ummm.... shouldn't the windows have had bars? (nt)

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