Feds: 2nd inmate who escaped Chicago jail captured

CHICAGO — The second of two bank robbers who escaped last month from a high-rise federal jail in downtown Chicago was captured Friday at an apartment complex across the street from a suburban police department, authorities said.

Kenneth Conley was arrested in Palos Hills, according to US Marshals Service spokeswoman Belkis Cantor. She said someone called local police Friday morning thinking they recognized Conley.

Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie said Conley was wearing a beret and glasses and walking with a limp when officers approached him Friday. He led officers on a short foot chase before he was captured.


Conley fled the Metropolitan Correctional Center last month with Joseph ‘‘Jose’’ Banks, apparently by smashing a hole in a wall at the bottom of a narrow cell window and squeezing through before scaling down about 20 stories using a knotted rope made out of sheets. Banks was arrested two days later at a home on the city’s North Side.

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Jail officials did not notice for hours on the morning of the escape that Banks and Conley were gone. Surveillance video showed the two hopping into a cab shortly before 3 a.m. on Dec. 18.

When the facility did discover the men were gone around 7 a.m., what was found revealed a meticulously planned escape, including clothing and sheets shaped to resemble a body under blankets.