Cuomo said the two inmates escaped Saturday, leaving a note that said “Have a Nice Day” on a cut open pipe they reportedly used tools to cut through.
“Today we are asking for the help of the public as we continue our search to arrest these two individuals,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “They are convicted murderers, and our first order of business is to ensure they don’t inflict any more pain on the community.
The prisoners stuffed their beds with clothing to fool guards at the maximum security prison in Dannemora, N.Y., Cuomo said, using power tools to cut through a brick wall and steam pipe, then busting through a manhole cover.
“It was a really elaborate, sophisticated operation,” he stated.
Sweat, 34, had been serving a sentence of life without parole following his conviction in Broome County for one count of murder in the first degree, after he shot a Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy in 2002.
In addition, Matt, 48, had been serving a sentence of 25 years to life, following his conviction in Niagara County for three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping, and two counts of robbery after he kidnapped a man, before beating him to death in 1997.
Investigators have reportedly questioned prison employee Joyce Mitchell regarding the inmates escape, and said they have over 300 leads in the case.
According to Cuomo’s office, the men are considered to be a danger to the public, and should not be approached. Anyone with information should contact 911, or the New York State Police at (518) 563-3761 or 1-800-GIVE-TIP, officials said.
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