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Police Investigating How Convicted Murderers Obtained Power Tools To Escape

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, are considered to be a danger to the public.
Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, are considered to be a danger to the public. Photo Credit:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A massive search is continuing for two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum security prison in upstate New York on Saturday.

The two, Richard Matt and David Sweat, used power tools to cut through a steel wall before going through a series of tunnels to escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. Officials have said they are investigating how the two obtained the power tools.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described 48-year-old Richard Matt and 34-year-old David Sweat are "dangerous individuals" who used the power tools to cut through steel walls and escape from a maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

Matt, 48, is a white male, 6-feet tall, 210 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes, state police said. He has tattoos on back “Mexico Forever,” a heart on his chest and left shoulder, and a marine corps insignia on his right shoulder.

Sweat, 34, also a white male, is 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes, according to state police. He has tattoos on his left bicep and his right fingers.

Matt is serving a sentence of 25 years to life following his conviction in Niagara County after he kidnapped a male victim and caused his death by beating him on Dec. 3, 1997.

Sweat is serving a sentence of life without parole following his conviction in Broome County for one count of first-degree murder after he caused the death of a Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy on July 4, 2002.

Both are considered to be a danger to the public. If located do not approach them, state police said. Contact 911 or the New York State Police immediately at 518-563-3761.

Cuomo canceled a scheduled visit to the Belmont Stakes horse race to meet with the police and prison officials Saturday.

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