The U.S. Marshals Service issued federal arrest warrants Sunday for two convicted killers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York over the weekend.
The warrants charge Richard Matt and David Sweat with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to William O’Toole, a U.S. Marshals Service spokesman. The warrants clear the way for the federal government to involve its considerable resources in the manhunt.
“Every resource available to us will be used in bringing these two men to justice,” O’Toole said.
Also Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the pair’s capture.
“We’re leaving no stone unturned,” Maj. Charles Guess of the New York State Police said Sunday. “All available assets are being brought to bear.”
Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, were discovered missing from their cells Saturday morning during a “standing count” of inmates at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, state police said.
The pair used power tools and decoys designed to look like their sleeping selves in the sophisticated plot, they said.
According to authorities, the inmates — who occupied side-by-side cells — cut through a steel wall and followed a series of tunnels until they emerged from a manhole outside the prison walls.
Guess said authorities do not know if the pair are still together, had help on the outside, or if they have access to a vehicle.
Although they’ve received more than 150 leads, Guess said Sunday that “they could be literally anywhere.” …
Commemorating the first-ever escape in the facility’s 170 year history, the men left behind a yellow sticky note on a pipe, with the message, “Have a nice day!”…