Gov. Cuomo: Escapees planned to flee to Mexico

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a local radio station captured prison escapee David Sweat has spoken briefly with investigators on his 23-day run from authorities.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Malone, New York. David Sweat, the second of two prison escapees, was captured Sunday near Malone, only miles away from the Canadian border. (Mike Groll/AP)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Malone, New York. David Sweat, the second of two prison escapees, was captured Sunday near Malone, only miles away from the Canadian border. (Mike Groll/AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (MEDIA GENERAL) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released new details of the 23-day search for escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat.

Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Constable, New York. Sweat is the second of two escaped murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. (AP)
Police stand over David Sweat after he was shot and captured near the Canadian border Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Constable, New York. Sweat is the second of two escaped murderers who staged a brazen escape three weeks ago from a maximum-security prison in northern New York. (AP)

In a radio interview Monday, June 29, 2015, Cuomo said the plan for the convicted murderers was to connect with Joyce Mitchell and use her car to flee to Mexico.

“The plan was to head to Mexico, which would have been aided by Joyce Mitchell’s vehicle,” Cuomo told WCNY-FM in Syracuse. “When Mitchell doesn’t show up, the Mexico plan gets foiled and they head north (toward) Canada.”

Mitchell, who worked in the Clinton Corrections Facility tailor shop, has been charged with aiding in their escape. Mitchell allegedly gave various tools to the inmates by hiding them in frozen hamburger. A second prison employee, Gene Palmer, also has been charged with helping the escapees.

According to Cuomo, Sweat, who still is receiving treatment in an Albany hospital after being shot twice in the torso Sunday during his capture, has spoken briefly to investigators about their escape and time on the run.

Per Cuomo, Sweat, 34, and Matt, 48, split five days ago. Sweat allegedly said the pair split because he felt “Matt was slowing him down.” Matt was shot and killed Friday about 16 miles away from where Sweat was captured.

 

 

 

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