Manhunt underway for two escape convicts
New York state police on Saturday announced that two convicted murderers escaped maximum security prison Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The convicted murderers bundled up clothes in their beds, then escaped from their upstate New York maximum security prison cells through catwalks and tunnels, officials said. Richard Matt and David Sweat have been identified as the missing prisoners. Sweat is serving a life sentence for the murder of a Broome County sheriff’s deputy who confronted him over a 2002 burglary. Matt is serving a 25-years-to-life sentence for murder, kidnapping, and robbery and dismembering of a Niagara County businessman eight years ago.
Both men broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility late Friday or early Saturday morning. State police officials reported that the pair were counted as present Friday night but were reported missing during a 5:30 a.m. bed check. Officials immediately placed the prison in lockdown. New York State Police Major, Charles E. Guess said more than 200 officers from several agencies are searching for the escaped convicts. They have employed bloodhounds and aerial surveillance in the manhunt. The prison is the largest maximum-security prison in New York. The Plattsburgh Press-Republican said escapes from it are extremely rare. WIRY-AM reported roadblocks were set up in the area. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was scheduled to attend the Belmont Stakes but went to the prison and toured the suspected escape route.
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