Chicago Prison Escape: Second Inmate Caught

Chicago Prison Escape: Second Inmate Caught

The second of two bank robbers who escaped from a federal jail in Chicago is back behind bars after a two-week manhunt.

Shackled in chains with a badly swollen left foot, Kenneth Conley was pushed in a wheelchair into court over the weekend to face escape charges.

He was picked up on Friday, despite having disguised himself as an old man in an old coat, glasses and a beret.

He was also walking with a limp and carrying a cane.

Police were called to an apartment complex in the Chicago suburb of Palos Hills by suspicious residents, who scuffled with the 38-year-old.

Conley apparently pushed one of the officers, who then gave chase on foot. 

He then tried to break into an apartment to avoid being captured.

The Sun-Times newspaper reported that a man in the apartment punched Conley in the face, knocking him over onto the grass outside where police arrested him.

He was allegedly caught with an air pistol in his possession.

Conley had escaped from the high-rise Metropolitan Correctional unit in city centre Chicago on December 18, along with cellmate and fellow bank robber Joseph Banks, aged 37.

The pair had apparently smashed a hole in a narrow cell window and climbed down 20 storeys using a rope fashioned from bed sheets.

Banks was caught two days later at a home on the city's North Side.

Conley was in the Chicago prison after pleading guilty in October to robbing a bank in 2011 of nearly \$4,000 (£2,460).

He faces up to 20 years on the bank robbery charges and an extra five years for the escape.

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