New York escaped prisoners, David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48, have incited a massive manhunt and reward for their capture. As the manhunt for the two escaped murderers has entered its fifth day on Wednesday, June 10, and expanded throughout the northeast as well as parts of Canada, authorities have stressed the need to locate and apprehend the escaped prisoners. The two inmates, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, over the weekend, staged an elaborate plot to secure their freedom from the maximum security facility that involved power tools and inside help, according to authorities. New York State has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the dangerous convicts.
In order to escape the maximum security facility, which has not been breached since its construction in 1845 and is located approximately 20 miles from the Canadian border, the escaped prisoners had to cut through steel walls, pass through a steam pipe, navigate a catwalk, break through a brick wall, and disengage a manhole cover. Police have also disclosed that the two escapees left behind a note with a smiley pirate face and a message saying, “Have a nice day!” A woman, Joyce Mitchell, 51, who worked in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility, has come forward to assist law enforcement in their manhunt for the escaped prisoners.
As two New York escaped prisoners, who have incited a massive nationwide manhunt and reward, remain at large, state and federal authorities, including the FBI and Canadian authorities, are continuing their efforts to locate and apprehend the fugitive murderers who pulled an elaborate escape plan. While authorities are continuing to interview staff and civilian contractors at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, law enforcement officials admitted they have no idea where the convicts are or exactly how they were able to obtain the tools they used to escape. Joyce Mitchell, the female prison worker who has come forward and is cooperating with law enforcement, was supposed to pick up the two convicted murderers who escaped from the Upstate New York prison last weekend, but changed her mind and ended up hospitalized due to panic attacks. Following her release from the hospital, Mitchell apparently went to the police and detailed her involvement in the escape.
Police have learned that a cellphone owned by Mitchell was reportedly used to contact people with ties to Matt. Investigators believe Mitchell helped the inmates acquire the power tools they used in their escape and was lured into being their getaway driver. However, Mitchell failed to show up and the escaped convicts were forced to adapt their plan. While Mitchell has been cooperating with authorities, she apparently did not know their entire plan and what they planned to do following their escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY.
One possible lead that law enforcement is seriously pursuing involves the two fugitives heading for Vermont. In fact, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) held a joint press conference on Wednesday with Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) in Dannemora, where convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility over the weekend. Both men acknowledged the fact that their offices have received tips that the escaped prisoners may be headed towards Vermont. It is believed that the escaped convicts anticipated less police presence in Vermont, as opposed to New York.
The two New York escaped prisoners, who have incited a massive manhunt and reward for their capture, are considered extremely dangerous and have violent pasts. At the time of their escape, Sweat was serving a life sentence without parole for killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy who had confronted him and others over a suspected burglary in 2002. He shot the deputy and ran him over with a car. Meanwhile, Matt was serving a sentence of 25-years-to-life for the murder of his former boss, Buffalo businessman William Rickerson, in 1997. Rickerson was kidnapped, robbed, and beaten to death by Matt. The 48-year-old escaped murderer also has a history of escaping from prison. He managed to escape the Erie County Jail in Buffalo, NY in 1986 via scaling a fence and was captured four days later. Moreover, in 1998, Matt crossed the border into Mexico before he could be arrested for Rickerson’s murder. While in Mexico, he stabbed and killed another man outside a bar and was imprisoned for murder. When he was released by Mexican authorities in 2007, he was extradited to the United States and was convicted by a Niagara County jury for Rickerson’s murder in 2008.
As New York escaped prisoners, David Sweat and Richard Matt, who have incited a massive manhunt and reward for their capture, remain at large, the manhunt has entered its fifth day as of Wednesday, June 10, and expanded throughout the northeast as well as parts of Canada. Authorities are advising the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their area. Law enforcement has stressed the need to locate and apprehend the two inmates, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, over the weekend. The fugitives staged an elaborate plot to secure their freedom from the maximum security facility that involved power tools and inside help, according to authorities. New York State has offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the dangerous convicts.
By Leigh Haugh
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