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Chicago Prison Escape: One Fugitive Caught
One of two bank robbers who escaped from a high-rise federal jail in Chicago is back in custody after a three-day manhunt.
FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde has confirmed that Joseph Banks, 37, was captured late on Thursday.
He had fled the city centre Metropolitan Correctional unit early on Tuesday morning with 38-year-old Kenneth Conley, who remains at large.
The pair broke out by apparently smashing a hole in a wall at the bottom of a narrow cell window and squeezing through, before scaling down about 20 storeys using a knotted rope and bed sheets.
Police helicopters and dog units swarmed the Chicago area, but only after about three hours when prison officers noticed they were missing.
Surveillance footage showed Banks and Conley jumping into a taxi moments after their escape.
They showed up again five hours later at Conley's family home in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.
One of his brothers told the Chicago Tribune he looked frazzled and was claiming he was out on bail. Conley's mother told them to leave, and then promptly called the police.
The daring escape has embarrassed staff at the jail and left them with a few questions to answer.
Union officials have blamed the episode on staffing shortages.
A guard assigned to monitor the CCTV cameras apparently failed to see the breakout because he had to count prisoners on another floor, one official said.