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Killers escape NY maximum security prison ‘Shawshank Redemption’ style

David Sweat and Richard Matt (Photo source: NY STATE POLICE)

David Sweat and Richard Matt (Photo source: NY STATE POLICE)

 

In what seemed to be a scene from the movie Shawshank Redemption, two convicted killers used power tools and tunnels to escape prison this past Saturday night. Prison officials at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY announced the escape of Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34. The men were noticed missing after a bed check by corrections officers of their adjoining cells.

Photo Source: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NY

Photo Source: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NY

When guards examined the beds they realized that the two men had constructed dummies with hoodies and fooled the previous guards making their security rounds. An immediate lockdown and search for the prisoners began and it was realized this was no ordinary escape. Matt and Sweat somehow where able to acquire power tools, tunneled out of their cells and made their way to the plumbing of the prison. Somehow, the two men cut away massive sections of pipe and were able to crawl through the large pipes and exit a sewer cover outside the prisons’ 30-foot wall. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated to the media, “We went back and pieced together what they did… It was elaborate. It was sophisticated. It encompassed drilling through steel walls and pipes, so this was not easily accomplished.”

Photo Source: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NY

Photo Source: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR NY

Adding to the elaborate escape was a message left on one of the pipes that read “Have a Nice Day,” with a hand-drawn racist caricature of an Asian man. Authorities are now engaged in a massive manhunt for the two prisoners who are considered extremely dangerous.



1 Comment

  1. honeybutter on June 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    says a lot about technologie today , they still cant make prisons secure , if they did it many more will try too in the future i suggest they find a more steel wall to put up instead of concrete cause all the elaborate attempt in history were through plumbing pips and weak concrete thats been up for centuries , yet they wonder how the fugg they did it ,, nothing to wonder about ! prisons are old and the states now let private companies run them with goverment funding big ass mistake , if the state own them by now they would be escape proof . .. metal is not cheap to metal a whole prison and private companies dont give a dam bout no escape convicts like we think ….. the state does cause these men are dangerous and we all at stake now cause they can go in any public place now and cause havoc …… so new york need to put out alerts big time . .. shame they want secure prisons better .