More than three weeks have passed ever since convicted murderer David Sweat escaped from prison. The man was caught on June 28 in the area of Constable, New York. Since the area is almost five miles south of the Canadian border it is believed that he was trying to make a final break.
David Sweat and Richard Matt, his fellow inmate escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility (Dannemora, New York) on June 6. The manhunt organized afterwards was massive. 1.300 laws enforcement members searched for the convicts in the bogs and forests on northern New York. Two days ago Sweat’s escape partner was shot and killed by the police.
State Police Sgt. Jay Cook noticed David Sweat walking on the street near Route 30 at around 3:20 p.m. He ordered the man to stop, but he started running so Cook opened fire. Afterwards the convict was taken into custody and hospitalized. His condition is not yet known. Law enforcement officials reported that the man was shot twice. A photo of the convict after he was captured showed that the man was wearing muddy camouflage clothing and had dried blood on his face. The police was tipped off the convict’s location by three adolescents.
David Sweat’s DNA was found on food leftovers almost a mile away from where Matt was fatally wounded. Before Matt was shot authorities had already announced that they believed the two partners had plans of heading to the boarder. So Canadian and US authorities sent reinforcement in the area in order to prevent the escapees to leave the country.
The fact that they captured the convict alive will help authorities find out more about how the two partners managed to break out. This will enable them to tighten the security. The pair managed to escape by cutting through the cell walls. They climbed along a catwalk and shimmied through a steam pipe. Finally they escaped through a manhole outside the prison walls.
Jessica Randall (38) was a witness who observed the police vehicles passing by. She declared:
“I think a lot of people are going to rest easier tonight.”
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