Inmate caught 2 days after escape from South Loop lockup

One of the bank robbers who used bed sheets to escape from jail this week has been captured.

FBI agents and Chicago police arrested Joseph “Jose” Banks Thursday night.

They found him in the 2300 block of North Bosworth in the Sheffield Neighbors neighborhood, just before midnight.

Right now there’s no word on how they found him there.

Both Banks and his cellmate, Kenneth Conley, both convicted bank robbers, escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center early Tuesday morning.

They climbed down 17 floors by using a rope made of bed sheets and dental floss.

The manhunt for the inmates included several high-profile raids Tuesday in the southwest suburbs of Tinley Park and New Lenox, where Conley’s family and associates lived. A $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the two fugitives was announced by the FBI this week.

Conley is still on the run.


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