Being the first people ever to escape their prison wasn’t enough for two convicts, they also left behind a taunting note for authorities.
DANNEMORA, N.Y. – A female prison worker was questioned by police and removed from her post after two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison in New York, a source close to the investigation told ABC News.
Richard Matt and David Sweat remain on the run after escaping Saturday from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
New York State is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to their apprehension and arrest, a step that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “appropriate.”
“These are dangerous men,” Cuomo said, adding that they are “capable of committing grave crimes once again.”
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News of the unidentified worker being questioned in the prisoners’ escape was first reported by the New York Post.
Sweat, 34, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002. Matt, 48, is serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997.
“These are killers. They are murderers,” Cuomo said. “There’s never been a question about the crimes they committed. They are now on the loose, and our first order of business is apprehending them.”
Speaking to ABC News Sunday, Cuomo said what troubled him most about the escape was that the two men needed power tools to pull it off, and there was no way they could have done it in total secrecy.
“They had to be heard,” he said.
The governor, who toured the prison Saturday, described the escaped convicts as “resourceful” and “dangerous.”
“This was the first breakout since 1865 and I want to make sure that it’s the last,” Cuomo said, referring to the year the prison was built.
The escapees left a note behind that read “have a nice day.” Cuomo said he suspects it was their way of saying they were doing something that had never been done before.
“I’m sure they knew that since it was the first escape it was going to be a big deal,” he said. “But we’ll get them back and we’ll give them the note back.”