facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

2 bank robbers escape from Chicago jail

Dec. 18, 2012 at 3:58 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Two convicted bank robbers used a rope of bedsheets to escape from a 15th-floor cell in a Chicago jail early Tuesday, an official said.

Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, were still on the run hours later, the Chicago Tribune reported. SWAT teams raided a house owned by a relative of Conley but found it empty with signs the fugitives had been there some hours earlier.

Police Sgt. Michael Lazzaro said the pair apparently made their way through a narrow window and down the side of the building after a 5 a.m. check. They were discovered to be missing at 8:45 a.m.

"A rope was fashioned out of bedsheets," a spokesman for the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center said. "I would imagine that they saved them up."

Both men had been found guilty of holding up banks, Banks only last week. Banks, who stole $600,000 in two robberies, with $500,000 still missing, was nicknamed the "Second-Hand Bandit."

Theresa Ann Banks pleaded with her cousin to surrender.

"I just don't want to see him get hurt or killed," she said.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit The UN has released its list of leaders attending climate summit
2
Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm Hurricane Odile now a dangerous category 4 storm
3
Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel Mary Landrieu spent $33K of taxpayers' money on campaign travel
4
Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash Navy halts search for missing jet pilot after crash
5
Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016 Bernie Sanders says he may run for president in 2016
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback