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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:23 PM

2 inmates escape from high-rise jail in Chicago

Source: AP

CHICAGO (AP) Two convicted bank robbers were on the run after using a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from a high-rise federal jail in downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution.

The two men were first unaccounted for during a 5 a.m. head count, but it's unclear they were still inside the 27-story Metropolitan Correctional Center at the time, U.S. Marshal's Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor said.

Local shop owners say police didn't swarm the area until more than three hours later, when what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling from a window about 20 stories up.

Police had said earlier Tuesday that the escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/2-inmates-escape-federal-prison-chicago



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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:25 PM

1. Can someone physically fit through that window? n/t

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:26 PM

2. Yeah, how is that possible -

anyone who's been by that structure (most Chicagoans) has been struck by the thought that such windows are too small to penetrate.

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Response to closeupready (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 04:24 PM

19. If you look at the photo

there is a hole surrounding the base of the window, including chiseled out section of concrete.

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:27 PM

3. I'm surprised that they apparently can.

Usually, jails are constructed with such skinny windows specifically to prevent inmates from being able to squeeze through them.

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:29 PM

5. Given enough time on a diet of jail swill, a lot of people could fit through those

 

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:30 PM

6. Maybe they...

Lowered the rope
An accomplice climed up to them
Handed them keys or similar
Accomplice climbs back down while they make their "Prison Break"?

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:43 PM

9. And why no window alarm?

Probably someone raised their hand during a construction meeting and said "maybe we should have alarms on the PRISON windows" then the person in charge was like "shut up, nerd!" That's was usually happens.

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:43 PM

18. Eh it probably wasn't about being a nerd but rather about the budget. n/t

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Response to Agschmid (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:10 PM

11. The windows are only 5 inches wide

(and 7 feet tall). I know this building. It was designed by Harry Weese in 1971.

I'm a fairly petite, 5-foot-2 woman, and I don't think I could squeeze through a 5-inch window. They must've been really skinny guys.

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Response to frazzled (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 06:23 PM

12. I'm reading average head is about 6" in diameter

Someone could squish their body through but the head is the hard part.

The first guy seems short enough, but the 6 ft tall guy was lucky.

Banks is described as a black man, 5 feet 8 inches, weighing 160 pounds. Conley is described as white, 6 feet tall, weighing 185 pounds.
The men apparently descended from a thin window on the flat south side of the prison into the alley below. The specially designed cell windows are barely a half-foot wide.


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/dec/18/2-inmates-escape-federal-prison-chicago/

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Response to DaveJ (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:32 PM

14. If I didn't mind losing soft tissue on my freaking HEAD, I'm sure I could fit

I'm not a big guy, and those windows look large enough for me to fit through if I were desperate enough.

Or, let me put it this way: there is no such thing as an escape-proof prison.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:28 PM

4. Evidently it isn't high enough

 

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:33 PM

7. Well, myth busters proved it

And at least it's not the El Cajon (former) jail. These days serves as an admin building.

Styrofoam, the walls were made of styrofoam.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:34 PM

8. Toss out the rope to make people THINK that's how you escaped.

Meanwhile, you slip out in the laundry truck (that's how they do it in the movies, anyway).

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 05:54 PM

10. Were there paper mache dummies in their bunks?

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:00 PM

13. That's right near the financial district in Chicago. Always wondered why they had this in the middle

of a really busy area.

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Response to Michigan Alum (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:17 PM

16. It's good to keep your crooks in one part of town.

The Daley Center is a mere 5 blocks away.

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:57 PM

15. Kinda looks like a string on a blank keyboard. nt

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Response to Bosonic (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:21 PM

17. I don't understand how this could happen.

This building is in the heart of downtown and there are people around 24/7. I can't believe nobody saw this.

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