NY Prison Break: Possible Sighting Of Fugitives Call For Vigilance From Public

NY Prison Break: Possible Sighting Of Fugitives Call For Vigilance From Public
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The New York State Police is reminding the public to remain vigilant as the investigation and search continues for fugitives David Sweat and Richard Matt. There has been a possible sighting of the escapees in Allegany County. On June 20, a witness spotted two men that fit the description of both Matt and Sweat. The two men were seen along a railroad that runs along Route 20 in the Town of Friendship.


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The New York State Police said tips and leads continue to flood their office. While there are lots of calls for unconfirmed sightings, the primary focus of the search continues to be in the Dannemora area. Hence, the State Police is asking residents to continue to be alert.

“If these men are spotted, please call 911 immediately. Do not approach, as both are considered to be very dangerous. The public should not hesitate to report any suspicious activity including any signs of a trespass, burglary or vehicle larceny. Contact 911, your local law enforcement agency,” the department said in a statement.

Witness from Town of Friendship

Brandy Thompson was alerted by the unusual barking of her Italian mastiff dog toward the railroads of her house in Friendship. That was when she saw two men that fit the description of the two fugitives from the Clinton Correctional Facility. He saw one of the men pull the hood of the sweatshirt he was wearing while the other man was behind.

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“My heart kind of dropped. My first thought was the escapees,” Thompson told The New York Times. She then decided to call 911.

The authorities, with the assistance of aviation, canine and special operational teams, searched the area along I-86 and Route 20 on Sunday. The search was wrapped up later the same day.

The authorities are now focusing in Owls head in Franklin County.

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