FBI: Fake bars found after high-rise jail escape

By DON BABWIN and MICHAEL TARM
Associated Press
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A rope dangles from a window on the back side of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI says window prison bars were found inside a mattress in the cell belonging to two bank robbers who escaped from downtown Chicago's high-rise jail.

Tuesday morning's daring escape has prompted a massive manhunt for Joseph "Jose" Banks and Kenneth Conley.

The two men apparently squeezed through a narrow window and scaled down about 20 stories using a rope possibly made of knotted bed sheets.

An FBI affidavit filed late Tuesday says the men shared a cell, and that their beds contained clothing and sheets stuffed under a blanket that appeared to look like a body.

The affidavit says fake metal bars also were found in the cell, and that the cell's window was broken and had makeshift rope tied to its bars.