In an “elaborate plot” reminiscent of the work of the fictional character, Andy Dufresne, in the “Shawshank Redemption”, Richard Matt (48), and David Sweat (34), escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York this week by partially tunneling their way to freedom. The prison break was the first in 150 years from the maximum security prison joint. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, after learning the two were serving time in the “big house” for murder charges, pronounced the men as “dangerous individuals” and added, “they are nothing to be trifled with”. The men had placed clothing in their cell beds to resemble sleeping bodies, again redolent of the movie- “Escape from Alcatraz”- to confuse guards, prior to leaving. They are suspected of using power tools to assist them in their drill towards freedom, although it has not been disclosed how they came to access them. The left a yellow sticky note on a pipe near their final exit point that read “Have a Nice Day”- it depicts an Asian man, in a xenophobic fashion, smiling with two buck teeth. The men have not been heard from since their daring escape.
UPDATE: June 27, 2015: Richard Matt shot and killed:
Border patrol officers shot and killed Richard Matt on Friday, his accomplice in the prison escape, David Sweat remains loose. Although CNN called the case a “shoot-out”, and said the police are using “radar” to assist in the detection of the remaining prisoner, this does not appear to be the case. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and police official, Joseph D’Amico, briefed reporters on the incident saying the police were aided in their efforts by a civilian towing a camper who reported sustaining a gunshot to his vehicle. Reacting to this complaint, police swarmed the area and confronted Matt in a wooded area; it was not all together clear whether Matt had fired on the officers first, although a shotgun was found near his body at the crime scene according to Friday’s press release. The case has turned into somewhat of an embarrassment for the police; they have employed thousands of foot soldiers and other operatives to assist in the search, spent millions of dollars on expensive state-of-the-art equipment to hunt down the men for the past 22 days, only to have a civilian break the case for the one escapee.