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Prison Worker May Have Aided New York Cop Killer's Escape, 2 Murderers Still at Large

June 08, 2015  | 

David Sweat murdered a Broome County (N.Y.) Sheriff's deputy after robbery of a firearms store. (Photo: New York State Police)
David Sweat murdered a Broome County (N.Y.) Sheriff's deputy after robbery of a firearms store. (Photo: New York State Police)

Richard Matt was imprisoned for the kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of a man who had fired him. (Photo: New York State Police)
Richard Matt was imprisoned for the kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of a man who had fired him. (Photo: New York State Police)

A female prison worker was interrogated Sunday as a possible accomplice in the Hollywood-style escape of two killers from an upstate New York penitentiary later Friday or early Saturday.

“It’s an employee being questioned,’’ a high-level source told the New York Post, adding that the worker, who is not a guard, had already been yanked from her post.

Sources said the worker may have been wooed by one of the escaped cons, Richard Matt, 48, an infamous lady killer.

“He has a way with the ladies,” the source said.

Another source, retired Detective David Bentley, who helped put away Matt for the 1997 murder of a North Tonawanda businessman, added, “When [Matt’s] cleaned up, he’s very handsome and, in all frankness, very well endowed. He gets girlfriends any place he goes.”

Broome County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Tarsia was murdered by David Sweat and two accomplices in 2002. (Photo: New York State Police)
Broome County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Tarsia was murdered by David Sweat and two accomplices in 2002. (Photo: New York State Police)

The escapees are David Sweat, 34, and Richard Matt, 48. Sweat was serving a life sentence for murdering Broome County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Deputy Kevin Tarsia who happened upon Sweat and others after they had robbed a firearms store. Matt was imprisoned for the kidnapping, murder and dismemberment of a man who had fired him from his job at a food warehouse.

A massive manhunt for the two extremely dangerous convicts is under way. A $100,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the recapture of the men who cut their way out of Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.


Comments (3)

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Morning Eagle @ 6/8/2015 11:13 PM

The death penalty executed in a timely manner would prevent escapes such as this.

krisnlc @ 6/9/2015 10:09 AM

That is a good statement. The Death Penalty should not take 20 years to execute, not even 1 year. Death penalty cases should get the first tract for adjudication, appeals and finalization.

Jon Retired LEO @ 6/9/2015 2:55 PM

Good thought Morning Eagle. However I never thought that a conservative state like Nebraska would abolish the death penalty but they did and all to please the great state Senator Ernie Chambers.

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