THE ‘SHAWSHANK’ BREAKOUT: Convicted Murderers Drill Their Way Out of NY Prison and Leave a Note for the Guards

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I hope authorities are successful on their man hunt for these two.

Two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said.

Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34, performed a Shawshank Redemption-style escape from the the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, by using power tools to cut through a steel wall in their cells.

The hole in the wall led the men to a series of tunnels, which took them to a manhole outside prison walls, police said.

The men even left a note on one of the tunnels reading, ‘Have a nice day’, accompanied with a smiley face, for authorities to later find.

It was discovered that the two were missing during the 5.30am inmate ‘standing count’, New York State Police said in a Facebook post. They had last been seen at the 10.30pm standing count the night before.

A manhunt including more than 200 law-enforcement officers is underway in hopes of finding the men – the first inmates to escape the maximum security part of the prison, according to to CNN.

Roads in Dannemora have been blocked by state police and troopers and corrections officers are searching roads and wooded areas.

‘These are dangerous people,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference. ‘They are nothing to be trifled with.’

Head counts are performed every two hours throughout the night so guards can visually check to see if the inmates are in their bunks, Clinton Correctional Facility Supervisor Steven Racette told CNN.

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