NY Prison Break Update: Woman Suspected To Have Helped Escapees
A woman who works at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora was questioned by dozens of officers on Monday night in relation to escaped Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34. Sources said the police, some riding in unmarked cars, scoured the Palmer Road in Dickinson Center before they zeroed in on a house were the woman lived.
Woman may have something to do
The police questioned the woman who has yet to be publicly identified, sources told WPTZ. “She may have something to do with what is going on, but I don’t know,” one resident told WPTZ.
The latest information was that the runaway inmates have traveled on foot after a supposed getaway car was not able to come pick them up as planned, an unnamed source told WPTZ.
The information comes as Governor Andrew Coumo said he believes that the two murderers were helped by insiders in order to stage the elaborate escape plot.
“We’re looking at everything, primarily from the inside. We’re going through the civilian employees and private contractors first,” Cuomo told TODAY News.
“I’d be shocked if a correction guard was involved in this, but they definitely had help, otherwise, they couldn’t have done this on their own, even from the equipment point of view,” he said.
“All of this took a number of days to accomplish what they accomplished. I mean, this really could have been a movie script. And if you saw this movie script, it would have been unbelievable what they accomplished,” Cuomo said.
$100,000 reward in place for NY prison break duo
Cuomo announced a $100,000 reward for information that will lead to the capture of the duo from the maximum-security state prison. He said the reward is essential because the two men are convicted murderers and the government’s first order of business is to ensure the two do not inflict any more pain on the community.
The New York State Police continue to search for the two escapees. There are already 300 leads that have been developed since the escape was reported, and each lead is being investigated by State Police and other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies, the New York State Police said in a statement.
The State Police currently have over 100 personnel on the ground actively searching and following leads, the statement said. They will continue to coordinate with several other local, state and federal agencies. More than 250 officers are involved statewide and nationally.
NY prison break likened to The Shawshank Redemption
How Matt and Sweat pulled off the escape plot was unbelievable, it was likened to the film “The Shawshank Redemption.”
Matt and Sweat was found to have escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in the morning of June 6 2015. The jail was located in Dannemora, New York about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
Matt and Sweat escaped through holes in their cell walls, the investigators said. The duo then walked onto a catwalk on top of approximately six-storey high facility, climbed down and get out through tunnels. The two then came out onto the street through a manhole cover.
Cuomo said Matt and Sweat have managed to cut through a steel plate, broke through a brick wall, passed through a pipe and broke a lock and chain to open a manhole cover. In order to do all these, the two used power tools to dig their escape route. Police is investigating on how these power tools were able to be sneaked in amidst tight security.
Expecting that police will come after their tracks, the two left a note that read “have a nice day.”
In the film “The Shawshank Redemption,” the protagonist Andy who was imprisoned at the fictional Shawshank State Penitentiary in rural Maine, escaped from prison by digging a tunnel in a wall of his prison cell. It took him 17 years to dig the tunnel which he hid behind a poster on the wall.
Andy escaped through the tunnel, broke a pipe, climbed through a sewage tunnel until he was able to escape the facility. He also left a note for his warden.
Contact 911, your local law enforcement agency, or the New York State Police to report any information related to this investigation at (518) 563-3761 or 1-800-GIVETIP FREE. Tips can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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