Two convicted murderers escaped from a New York prison this weekend by cutting through a steel wall in their cell using power tools.
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, around 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, when prison guards conducted a “standing count” of inmates. More than 200 officers began a search for the two men, whom Governor Andrew Cuomo later described as “dangerous.”
“They are nothing to be trifled with,” he said at a press conference. Matt and Sweat reportedly fooled guards by arranging their bunks to appear “like people were sleeping ... with these sweatshirt hoodies on,” according to Cuomo. The two men were last seen around 10:30 p.m. on Friday.
Photos from the escape showed that the inmates left a note that included a picture of a smiley face and a message that read, "Have a nice day!"
Cuomo said that after they broke through the steel wall, the men followed a catwalk “down an elaborate maze of pipes into tunnels and exited a series of tunnels at the manhole cover.” Authorities led Cuomo through the escape route prior to the press conference.
“It was elaborate, it was sophisticated,” he said. “It involved drilling through steel walls, steel pipes."
It is not known how the inmates obtained 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 reportedly set up road blocks around Dannemora in an effort to find and apprehend the inmates, while armed troopers and correctional officers are searching vehicles and wooded areas around the facility.
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