Two prisoners escape from Illinois federal jail

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Police said two prisoners have escaped with the use of a makeshift rope from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois Tuesday morning.

Central District Police Sergeant Michael Lazzaro said the men appeared to have fled the federal jail in W. Van Buren St. between 5 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Both were last checked on at 5 a.m. in their cell.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the men as 37-year-old Jose Banks and 38-year-old Kenneth Conley. The convicted robbers, who are likely traveling together, were allegedly last seen Tuesday morning in the Tinley Park area.

Lazzaro said the men possibly escaped through a window using a rope made out of bedsheets.

Conley is described as white, six feet tall and 185 pounds. Banks is black, 5-8 and 160 pounds.

Officials revealed Banks and Conley are being considered armed and dangerous. Authorities are searching for both them.

Anyone who has information about them is urged to call the Chicago office of the FBI at 312-421-6700.

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