‘Have a nice day!’ Two murderers use power tools to cut pipes and escape max security prison in epic ‘Shawshank’ breakout – and leave a friendly note behind for the guards
- Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora between 10.30pm Friday and 5.30am Saturday
- Police said they used power tools to cut through a steel wall in their neighboring cells
- They then traveled through a series of tunnels until they reached a manhole outside prison walls
- A manhunt including more than 200 law-enforcement officers is underway in hopes of finding the men
- Sweat was serving life without parole for killing a sheriff’s deputy in 2002
- Matt is serving 25 years to life for kidnapping a man and beating him to death
Two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said.
Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, performed a Shawshank Redemption-style escape from the the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, by using power tools to cut through a steel wall in their cells.
The hole in the wall led the men to a series of tunnels, which took them to a manhole outside prison walls, police said.
The men even left a note on one of the tunnels reading, ‘Have a nice day’, accompanied with a smiley face, for authorities to later find.
It was discovered that the two were missing during the 5.30am inmate ‘standing count’, New York State Police said in a Facebook post. They had last been seen at the 10.30pm standing count the night before.
A manhunt including more than 200 law-enforcement officers is underway in hopes of finding the men – the first inmates to escape the maximum security part of the prison, according to to CNN.
Roads in Dannemora have been blocked by state police and troopers and corrections officers are searching roads and wooded areas.
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