Man­hunt as two con­victed killers es­cape from New York pri­son

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A fran­tic man­hunt was on Sun­day for two con­victed mur­der­ers who busted out of New York state’s big­gest max­i­mum se­cu­rity pri­son by cut­ting through cell walls with power tools and es­cap­ing along tun­nels.

Killers Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, sneaked out of the all-male Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dannemora some­time be­tween Fri­day night and early Satur­day, with po­lice say­ing the dis­cov­ery was made dur­ing morn­ing “roll call” and warn­ing the duo should not be ap­proached.

They re­port­edly left a taunt­ing note be­hind say­ing: “Have A Nice Day.”

New York Gover­nor An­drew Cuomo said on Twit­ter he had toured the dar­ing route the pair took to free­dom, post­ing images of the path the men were be­lieved to have cut to es­cape.

The pair used power

tools

to drill through walls and pipes, he said, and left sweat­shirts and other cloth­ing in their beds as de­coys to make it ap­pear they were still in their cells.

No one has ever pre­vi­ously es­caped from the max­i­mum se­cu­rity por­tion of the pri­son, which opened in 1845, ac­cord­ing to Cuomo.

“Th­ese are two danger­ous in­di­vid­u­als, one was in­car­cer­ated for killing a sher­iff, so th­ese are danger­ous peo­ple,” said Cuomo, who can­celed a sched­uled ap­pear­ance at the Bel­mont Stakes horse race to in­stead travel to the pri­son.

“And they are noth­ing tri­fled with.”

He added: “By def­i­ni­tion, it was an ex­tra­or­di­nary act,”

More than 200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers were de­ployed in the fran­tic search, as­sisted by a va­ri­ety of tac­ti­cal sup­port, in­clud­ing K-9 units, SWAT teams and he­li­copters.

Heav­ily armed po­lice set up road blocks in an at­tempt to hunt

to be down the two men.

Matt and Sweat were found miss­ing dur­ing a 5:30 a.m. bed check, ac­cord­ing to state po­lice.

“Both are con­sid­ered to be a dan­ger to the public. If lo­cated DO NOT ap­proach them. Con­tact 911 or the New York State Po­lice im­me­di­ately,” au­thor­i­ties said in a state­ment.

It was un­clear whether the men were armed or had re­ceived help in plot­ting their es­cape.

Af­ter cut­ting through the steel back walls of their cells, they re­port­edly clam­bered along a 1.8-me­ter-high cat­walk to ac­cess a twist­ing se­ries of pipes and tun­nels, which they also cut their way into.

They then made their way through the pipes and climbed up through a man­hole onto a nearby street, The New York Post said.

The strap­ping Matt, who is 1.8 me­ters and has mul­ti­ple tat­toos — in­clud­ing a Marine corps in­signia on his right shoul­der — was serv- ing a sen­tence of 25 years to life for kid­nap­ping a man and beat­ing him to death.

He also has tat­toos on his back with the words “Mex­ico For­ever.”

Sweat, who has tat­toos on his left bi­cep and his right fin­gers, was serv­ing a sen­tence of life with­out pa­role for killing a sher­iff’s deputy.

About 3,000 in­mates live at the pri­son, ac­cord­ing to the Vil­lage of Dannemora’s web­site.

AP

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers with blood­hounds stand guard at one of the en­trances to the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dannemora, New York on Satur­day, June 6.

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