10 days later, man who escaped high-rise Chicago prison missing

CHICAGO Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:07pm EST

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - The FBI is still searching for one of two convicted bank robbers who escaped last week from a high-rise jail in downtown Chicago by lowering themselves on a makeshift rope nearly 20 stories to the street.

Kenneth Conley, 38, and his cellmate, Joseph Jose Banks, 37, escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center early on the morning of December 18. The pair apparently broke a window in the cell they shared, squeezed through the opening and lowered themselves to the street.

They then hailed a cab to make their getaway.

Banks was captured two days later, but Conley remains at large.

"There is no information or recent sightings," said FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde. "Given the amount of time that has passed given Mr. Conley's history of traveling, we believe he has left the area."

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for Conley's capture. He is described as white, 6 feet tall and 185 pounds.

The two convicts, who had been awaiting sentencing in the federal detention facility, made their rope from bed sheets and dental floss, according to local media reports.

Conley pleaded guilty to bank robbery in October. He is considered armed and dangerous, the FBI said.

Escape carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

(Reporting By Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune and M.D. Golan)

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JamesNY wrote:
I’m almost rooting for this guy to “get away” for at least a couple decades.

Anyone whom manages to “sneak” out of jail, without killing anyone(or armed guards) has earned their freedom back in my mind. You can almost guarantee that they will stop committing crimes in order to stay under the radar.. and lets face it.. its 2012 (now 2013) and people are sneaking out of jail windows in the middle of the night?

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