UPDATE 12/22/2012: Joseph Banks has been apprehended. The update follows the original story below.
Originally posted 12/18/2012
How’s those strict gun laws working out for you Chicago?
Illinois (The Gaslamp Post) – Sometime between 5:00 am and 8:45 am this morning, 2 convicted bank robbers were able to escape the maximum security federal Metropolitan Correctional Facility in downtown Chicago. Corrections officers reportedly realized that the two were missing at 5:00 am this morning, according to the Chicago Tribune, but aren’t exactly sure when they actually escaped.
Onlookers and bystanders saw the rope made of bed sheets tied together at 6 foot intervals, hanging from a narrow window opening some 15 stories up, still blowing in the wind.
According to prison officials, Kenneth Conley and Joseph “Jose” Banks escaped wearing orange jumpsuits, but may now be wearing gray sweats, white tee shirts, and gray sneakers – that is unless they’ve since found other clothes.
Police and SWAT officers searched the surrounding area and Metras (L Train lines) this morning once the two were discovered missing, but they already say they arrived too late.
Conley, 38, is white, 6′ tall, and 185 lbs. Banks, 37, is black, 5′ 8″ tall, and 160 lbs. Both Conley and Banks are considered armed and dangerous according to police.
Yeah, let’s talk about those gun bans and gun control now. When would there EVER be escaped convicts running the streets, right?
Update 12/22/2012: Joseph “Jose” Banks, who had escaped from jail in downtown Chicago earlier this week has been recaptured. He was caught by FBI agents in Chicago’s north-side on Thursday. Escape for incarceration carries a penalty of 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine.
Banks is already serving his sentence for 4 counts of bank robbery, which carry 20 years each.