One Fugitive Caught After Daring 17-Story Escape
Joseph Banks nabbed, but Kenneth Conley remains at large
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2012 5:44 AM CST
Jose Banks, one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago on Dec. 18, was captured by police late last night.   (AP Photo/FBI, File)

(Newser) – One of two convicted bank robbers who made a daring escape from a high-rise prison in Chicago on Tuesday—scaling down 17 stories using bedsheets—was captured late last night, reports the Sun-Times. Joseph "Jose" Banks was caught unarmed in northern Chicago around 11:30pm. The manhunt continues for the second escapee, Kenneth Conley.

A union official blamed staffing shortages for the prison break: Though the escape was caught on surveillance video, he says the two guards assigned to the CCTV control room were too busy performing prisoner counts and answering phones to monitor the cameras properly. Officials still have no idea how Banks and Conley broke through the prison wall to the outside or how they acquired the 200 feet of bedsheets they needed to scale down the building, reports the AP.

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HEMEROID
Dec 24, 2012 9:59 AM CST
Houdini would have been amazed! 17 stories! they deserve a pardon from Obuma,and a metal of bravery, 100 lbs of bedsheets; cold wind blowing;swinging in the wind; 200 feet high; crawl through a hole to get out; Is the circus in town? They would be sensational with the high wire act . ;
The_Guy
Dec 21, 2012 4:49 PM CST
BLACK and from CHICAGO JUST LIKE OBAMA!
augie2
Dec 21, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Too bad he was caught. I would rather have read about his body being transported to the morgue.