Men use power tools to es­cape from pri­son

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A man­hunt was un­der­way for two con­victed mur­der­ers who pulled off an elab­o­rate overnight es­cape from ad­join­ing cells in a New York state max­i­mum se­cu­rity pri­son near the bor­der with Canada, po­lice said Satur­day.

Pri­son guards dis­cov­ered that the men were miss­ing dur­ing an early-morn­ing bed check in the Clin­ton Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Dannemora, about 40 miles south of the Canadian prov­ince of Que­bec. Both in­mates are con­sid­ered dan­gers to the public, state po­lice said.

New York Gov. An­drew M. Cuomo (D) de­scribed the es­cape, the first from the pri­son’s max­i­mum-se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity in its 150year his­tory, as “so­phis­ti­cated.”

The two men were in ad­join­ing cells and cut a hole through the back wall, crawl­ing through the open­ing overnight, a pri­son of­fi­cial said.

They scaled a cat­walk then used power tools to drill through metal walls and a steam pipe, fi­nally weav­ing through in­te­rior tun­nels and com­ing out through a man­hole cover on the street, Cuomo said.

It was not yet known how they ob­tained power tools or fig­ured out how to make their way through the tun­nels to the street.

About 200 law en­force­ment of­fi­cers were search­ing the area around Dannemora us­ing dogs and backed by po­lice he­li­copters, au­thor­i­ties said. Po­lice were ask­ing peo­ple to be on the look­out and alert au­thor­i­ties if they saw the men.

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