Escaped Chicago Bank Robber Captured by FBI

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According to the Chicago Sun-Times , bank robber Joseph "Jose" Banks has been captured by federal agents after a three-day manhunt following a daredevil-like escape. Banks, along with cellmate Ken Conley, rappelled down over 15 stories of the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center on knotted bed sheets after squeezing through a tiny window. The 37-year-old, who was serving time for stealing about $600,000 during armed robberies, was taken into federal custody late Thursday night on the city's North Side.

Here are some facts and details about the manhunt for the escaped criminals and the subsequent capture of Banks in Chicago:

* The Chicago Tribune noted that the FBI and Chicago police surrounded the home where Banks was located in the 2300 block of North Bosworth Avenue on the city's North Side at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday night.

* Agents also took the residence's owner into custody along with the escaped criminal.

* WLS reported that while the FBI has captured Banks, his partner in crime and fellow escapee Kenneth Conley is still at large. Agents believed that both Banks and Conley were on the run together.

* Banks was unarmed when federal agents apprehended him. Shortly after his escape, the FBI considered Ken Conley and Banks armed and dangerous.

* Neighbors who witnessed the capture commented that Banks was detained peacefully and without resistance.

* Due to his escape, Banks faces a new charge of one count of escaping federal custody. If convicted, it could mean an additional five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, noted NBC Chicago .

* Additionally, Banks is still awaiting sentencing for his conviction last week on two robberies and two attempted holdups.

* He is being represented by defense attorney Beau Brindley, who said that his client is a "mild-mannered" person. However, Brindley did not fight Banks' detention and request that he receive bond.

* Banks appeared at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, shackled at both his wrists and ankles, on Friday morning and politely answered questions from the U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier.

* Prior to locating him on the city's North Side, the FBI conducted several raids on Tuesday in Tinley Park and New Lenox, two suburbs where Conley's family and associates lived.

* As of Friday, authorities were still investigating the details of how the two robbers were able to escape from their high-rise cell in Chicago's South Loop. The men were missing for several hours before the prison noticed their absence.

* The daredevil-like escape has fostered discussion on prison personnel cuts, especially from a prison guard union official who said that cuts have reduced security.

Rachel Bogart provides an in-depth look at current environmental issues and local Chicago news stories. Currently pursuing her master's degree in environmental science, she applies her knowledge and passion to both topics to garner further public awareness.

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