FBI shifts focus to remaining escapee after cellmate caught - FOX 32 News Chicago

FBI shifts focus to remaining escapee after cellmate caught

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Three days of freedom are over for one of the inmates who escaped earlier this week from the federal jail in Chicago, and now the focus is shifting to find the other man.

FBI agents found Joseph Banks at an apartment on the North Side Thursday night.

The FBI had been running down leads, from Miami to Los Angeles, which included reported sightings of the two escapees.

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But as it turns out, Joseph "Jose" Banks thought the safest place was in Chicago until someone ratted him out.

Neighbors heard a loud boom when Federal Agents forced their way into the North Side apartment and arrested Banks. Investigators say he was unarmed and a neighbor said he was dressed in a white shirt, gym shorts, and boots.

Seventy hours after his daring escape from Metropolitan Correctional Center, he was back in an orange jumpsuit.

In court, Banks wore handcuffs and leg shackles and was surrounded by U.S. Marshals.

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His attorney said comments Banks made after his bank robbery conviction last week, telling the judge she would "hear from him again," referred to an appeal, not a threat.

"Jose Banks is not a violent person, he's been characterized that way, that is a mischaracterization of Jose Banks," attorney Beau Brindley said.

Banks and Kenneth Conley escaped from their 17th floor jail cell Tuesday morning. MCC surveillance video showed the men shimmying down the side of the building around 2:40 a.m. Officials say they tied a bunch of sheets that they stashed inside their mattresses.

The head of the union representing the guards blamed the escape on manpower cutbacks that left only one person to watch security monitors.

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"This is bad press for everybody, all the staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, it's first of all, it's embarrassing and basically we kinda feel like, in a sense, we let the public down," said Michael Rule, Vice President of the Council of Prisons Local C-33.

Neighbors were surprised that Banks was still in Chicago.

"You know you're five miles away from where you broke out so why would you come over here? That was stupid," said Hezekiah Harper-Bey.

With Banks captured, the FBI is focusing its efforts on finding Conley.

"Of the two he's probably the more likely to leave the area, he has, we've established some connections elsewhere," said Thomas Trautmann, FBI Chicago.

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