Two convicted murderers managed to escape from a New York prison by using power tools to cut through the steel wall of their cell.
According to reports, 48-year-old Richard Matt and 34-year-old David Sweat were discovered missing from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York early on Saturday morning.
More than 200 officers immediately began a search for the two men, whom Governor Andrew Cuomo later described as “dangerous” and “nothing to be trifled with”.
According to Cuomo, Matt and Sweat fooled guards by arranging their bunks to appear “like people were sleeping with these sweatshirt hoodies on”.
Photos from the escape showed that the inmates left a note that included a pretty offensive picture of a smiley face and a message that read, “Have a nice day!”
Cuomo explained that after the men broke through the steel wall, they crawled “down an elaborate maze of pipes into tunnels and exited a series of tunnels at the manhole cover”. Sounds like something out of the Shawshank Redemption.
It was elaborate, it was sophisticated. It involved drilling through steel walls, steel pipes.
It is not yet known how the inmates got hold of the power tools they used to escape.
Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for the 2002 murder of a sheriff’s deputy, while Matt was serving a sentence of 25 years to life for the beating and murder of a man in 1997.
New York State Police have set up road blocks around Dannemora in an effort to find and capture the escaped inmates, while armed troopers and officers are searching vehicles and woods around the facility.
To be honest, we thought daring escapes like this only happened in the movies!