A rope dangles from a window on the back side of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the highrise prison. (AP)

Bank Robbers Joseph Banks, Kenneth Conley use bed sheets to escape Chicago prison.
They rappelled down the building from the 15th floor.

Two convicted bank robbers escaped the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago by using a rope ladder.
AP reported:

Two convicted bank robbers were on the run after using a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from a federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution.

The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground.

Joseph “Jose” Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, had been wearing prison-issue orange jumpsuits, but now might be wearing white t-shirts, gray sweat pants and white gym shoes, Lazarro said.




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  1. All those Tex Avery cartoons were right!

  2. 20 stories is like 180-220 feet up. Man, this escape took daring and real guts.

    No equipment, no practice, just break the window and head down. Just thinking about it gives me wet palms.

  3. If only we had banned bedsheets this would not have happened

  4. I see a movie in the making here. Let’s see – are Leonardo, George, Ben, or Chris available?

  5. Pretty ballsy.

  6. I take it the prison keeps no inventory on bedsheets.

  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTyCD2n6HAQ

    People need to watch this video. This is what followed in Britain when the law-abiding people turned in their guns. The criminals didn’t turn in their guns and they buy whatever they want on the black market leaving the law-abiding people defenceless. You’ve got to ask – why haven’t they brought back laws so the people can buy guns once again – because they never do and never will with socialists in power.

  8. between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing after the union guards woke up at 9:30 a.m. for their breffass break.

  9. Michael Scofield and Lincooln Burrows could not be reached for comment.

  10. Geez… doesn’t anybody look at the outside of buildings anymore?
    Of course, it IS Chicago… someone probably has it on their cellphone to download to YouTube.

  11. “jose” is that you singing i’ll be home for christmas?

  12. I’ve repelled 200 ft., with all the proper equipment. This takes some serious balls.

  13. we’re suppose to believe that two adult men escape though 6′ wide window…

  14. Wow, a pile of knotted sheets must knot take any space. For anyone to to put this together they would need a lot of sheets, little attention and a way to hide that huge pile. Somebody wasnt watching.

  15. Well, seeing the high crime and murder rate in Chicago, they’ll just blend in right underneath Rahm’s nose

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