FBI: Prison Escapee Caught in Chicago; Cellmate Still at Large

Joseph 'Jose' Banks, who broke out of a downtown Chicago prison Tuesday and was sighted in Tinley Park and New Lenox, was captured by Chicago Police and the FBI on Thursday night.


Authorities captured late Thursday night one of the two convicted bank robbers who escaped from a downtown prison earlier this week, the FBI reports.

Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37, was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of North Bosworth Street in Chicago by members of the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force and the Chicago Police Department, an FBI press release stated.

Kenneth Conley, his cellmate and fellow escapee, is still at large, the release stated.

Banks and Conley broke out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Authorities discovered a knotted rope or bedsheet dangling from a window high above the street.

. While in the village, . The search then led authorities to New Lenox.


Patch Stories About the Hunt for the Escaped Convicts:

  • Fugitive Manhunt: FBI Posts $50K Reward for Info on Convicts
  • Landlord: Mother Turned Away Escaped Convict at Front Door
  • Scenes From a Manhunt (Photo Gallery)
  • Fugitive Search Disrupts Funeral at Nearby Church
  • Orland Park Police Investigating False Bank Robbery Report
James December 21, 2012 at 07:50 PM
If he ever gets out he could probably run for some office someday and the Chi town demos will elect him
Lorraine Swanson December 21, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The FBI did not release the news until around 2 a.m. Friday.
George Pickett December 21, 2012 at 10:59 PM
How about making him climb back up to his cell using bed sheets. If he makes it they could reduce his sentence a tiny bit. If he doesn't all I can say is to bad so sad! NOT!
anthony December 22, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Wondering if any Oak Lawn people might get asked "Where did ya hide your money" or "do not leave town... " or ""where did you get that from"... Seems a popular topic..Even more so for those who take oaths...
Involved December 22, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Ryan is in jail. Is he a democrat too?


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