Woman Questioned in New York Prison Escape

Authorities talk to ex-worker at Clinton Correctional Facility
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2015 4:20 PM CDT
Woman Questioned in New York Prison Escape
This combination made from photos released by the New York State Police shows inmates David Sweat, left, and Richard Matt.    (New York State Police via AP)

Authorities are investigating whether a female accomplice was involved in the escape of two prisoners from a New York penitentiary on Friday or Saturday, police tell Reuters. Officials are talking to a woman who worked at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemor, NY; she was an employee, not a guard, and has since been fired, the New York Post reports. Sources tell the Post that one of the convicts, 48-year-old Richard Matt, "has a way with the ladies" and "gets girlfriends any place he goes." Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN that police were talking to "civilian employees" and "private contractors" to see if anyone aided in the escape, which involved power tools: "They wouldn’t have equipment on their own, that's for sure," he says. Authorities are still searching for Matt and his fellow escapee, 34-year-old David Sweat. (More prison break stories.)

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