Second captured prison escapee appears in court
CHICAGO – Shackled in chains and pushed in a wheelchair by U.S. marshals, a bank robber who was captured more than two weeks after fleeing a high-rise Chicago jail was brought back to federal court on Saturday to face escape charges.
Kenneth Conley, who had disguised himself as an old man with a cane and a beret, scuffled with a resident and officers who gave chase on foot and arrested him Friday outside an apartment complex in suburban Palos Hills. Back in court a day later, a largely silent Conley wore a medical brace on a badly swollen left foot, which was apparently injured during his capture.
Conley escaped from a high-rise lockup Dec. 18 along with cellmate and fellow bank robber Joseph "Jose" Banks apparently by smashing a hole in a narrow cell window and climbing down 20 stories using a rope fashioned from bed sheets. Banks was caught two days later at a home on the city's North Side.
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