Two prisoners, a 48-year-old and a 34-year-old, escaped from a maximum-security facility in New York. New York officials currently suspect that the breakout may have been an inside job. Governor Andrew Cuomo said that a contractor or civilian prison staffer may have assisted the men in their escape.
For the past three days, hundreds of police officials have conducted a massive manhunt for the escaped convicts, who are both convicted murderers. The prison they disappeared from is only 20 miles away from the Canadian border.
Governor Cuomo Believes It Was an Inside Job
In a recent interview, Governor Cuomo told CNN that he would be shocked -- to put it mildly -- if a guard were involved. He said that they are focusing their investigations into civilian employees and private contractors who work at the prison. Officials have interrogated at least one female employee of the facility whom they see as a possible co-conspirator.
The governor suspects that the men could have traveled a long way over the last three days and they could be anywhere in the United States by now.
$100K Reward for Information
There is a $100,000 reward being offered for information that results in the apprehension and arrest of the men. Police in Mexico and Canada have also been informed about the escaped convicts, who are believed to be dangerous. Believe it or not, this is the first time anyone has escaped from this particular high security facility since it opened in the 1800s.
The men escaped by cutting through steel walls in their neighboring cells. Then they crawled their way out of the facility through a steam pipe. Before escaping, they left a note that said, "Have a nice day."
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