BULLETIN: 2 Inmates, Including Purported ‘Sovereign,’ Escape From Chicago Jail; 1 Of The Escapees Got Mention On PP Blog Just Days Ago

Jose Banks: source FBI.

Jose Banks: source FBI.

BULLETIN: Two inmates escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago earlier today, the FBI said.

One of the escapees — Jose Banks — is a purported “sovereign citizen” who got a mention on the PP Blog Dec. 15.

Banks, a convicted bank robber,  is considered “armed and dangerous,” the FBI said.

Also considered armed and dangerous is Kenneth Conley, who apparently escaped with Banks this morning. Conley, too, is a bank robber, the FBI said. He is described as “male/white, age 38, 6’0” tall, 185 pounds.”

Banks is described as “male/black, age 37, 5’8” tall, 160 pounds,” the FBI said.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Banks was convicted just last week and told a federal judge, “I’ll be seeking retribution as well as damages.”

From a Tribune Breaking News report (italics added):

Two convicted bank robbers escaped from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop this morning by tying bedsheets together and shimmying down at least 15 stories to the ground below, officials say.

Kenneth Conley: source: FBI.

Kenneth Conley: source: FBI.

A “widespread manhunt” is under way, the FBI said.

Banks and Conley are “believed to be traveling together” and “were reportedly last seen earlier this morning in the Tinley Park area, the FBI said.

They are “both convicted bank robbers” and “should be considered armed and dangerous,” the FBI said.

“If you see them, contact local law enforcement or the Chicago Field Office of the FBI at 312-421-6700,” the FBI said.

Link to FBI statement.

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7 Responses to “BULLETIN: 2 Inmates, Including Purported ‘Sovereign,’ Escape From Chicago Jail; 1 Of The Escapees Got Mention On PP Blog Just Days Ago”

  1. http://www.ksdk.com/news/article/352805/28/2-inmates-escape-from-federal-jail-in-Chicago

    Hours later, a rope, possibly fashioned from sheets and then knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling from a window about 20 stories up.

    Didn’t Harold Lloyd or Charlie Chaplin use a similar method in one of their films?

  2. Tony H: Didn’t Harold Lloyd or Charlie Chaplin use a similar method in one of their films?

    Not sure about that, Tony. But these folks in a photo snapped by the Chicago Tribune easily could be considered for work as extras in a “Superman” film. See photo here:



  3. Quick note: Saw something this morning I’ve never seen: the word “ESCAPE” next to an inmate’s name at the Federal Bureau of Prisons website. I looked up “Jose Banks” and “Kenneth Conley” in the Inmate Locator.

    I suppose there will be a natural inclination to romanticize these escapes. But just days ago Banks was using aggressive language when addressing a federal judge and actually had to be restrained in the courtroom. Beyond that, he has used guns in bank robberies.

    Of course, a purported “sovereign” in Chicago also apparently believed it prudent to file false liens totaling $1.2 TRILLION against judges, a former U.S. Attorney and others:


    Some of these recent events in Chicago appear to be “Moorish” nonsense. See website of Southern Poverty Law Center for some background on this “movement”:



  4. Quick note: The PP Blog was knocked offline for about nine minutes (between 10:36 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.). This event coincided with a highly unusual traffic pattern. This “surge” mostly appeared to originate in Brazil, with some traffic from Mexico thrown in.

    The traffic appears not to have been related to the story above. Rather, it appeared to center on AdSurfDaily, JSSTripler/JustBeenPaid and Zeek.


  5. http://gma.yahoo.com/footage-shows-escaped-robbers-boarding-cab-123854862–abc-news-topstories.html

    Investigators say surveillance cameras captured Joseph “Jose” Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, getting into a taxi minutes after their early Tuesday escape. They entered the taxi at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Congress Street, just blocks away from the jail.

    So, after their ‘Buster Keaton’ style escape, they used the not-at-all obvious get away method of a local taxi. Did they then go to the airport? Local train station? Some remote cave in the mountains? Where do dangerous bank robbers go to hide out when they are on the run?

    The men then showed up five hours later at the home of Sandy Conley, Kenneth Conley’s mother, in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill.

    They showed up at his mums place. Who then kicked him out. The FBI said:

    “However, we do have several viable leads that we are running down.”

    I would suggest that the other guy’s mums place might be quite high on the list. Perhaps other relatives?

    The two borrowed a move from the film “Escape From Alcatraz” by stuffing their beds with clothes in the shape of bodies.

    I would also suggest that prison escape films should also be banned from prison.

  6. Good news!
    One of them has bee nabbed! Jose “the Second-Hand Bandit ” Banks should be back under lock & key.

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