Story by 89 WLS reporter Mary Frances Bragiel
(CHICAGO) A Palos Hills Deputy police chief tells 89WLS he was a bit surprised MCC escapee Kenneth Conley was caught in an area that was all too familiar to him.
Conley was captured late Friday afternoon in south suburban Palos Hills. Palos Hill Deputy police Chief James Boie. "I'm surprised that he is still in this area I mean you would think he would be long gone."
That's because in 2004 he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest on a traffic stop.
officers at that time did recover a weapon, as they did when he was recently caught, "so we are aware of him and our officers all knew kinda keep an eye out we had no idea he was here," Boie said.
Conely and Joseph Banks broke out of the Metropolitan Correctional Center last month by scaling down the facility using a rope made with bed sheets.
Banks was captured days later, but law enforcement officials were still having difficulty finding Conley until officers got a call from two maintenance men in an apartment complex in Palos Hill about a squatter.
"One of our sergeants observed subject male looked like an elderly man walking with a cane and glasses had a beret pulled over his face and was walking with a limp and it grew his suspicion," Boie said.
That man turned out to be Kenneth Conley. After a brief fight between the two, Conley was able to get away and tired to force his way into an apartment building. But, after a brief struggle, officers were able to handcuff Conley.
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