Men use power tools to escape from prison
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.