Lawyer: Man likely back in Chicago jail he escaped

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 21, 2012 at 5:58 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012
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Security appeared tighter at Banks' hearing than for most initial appearances. Several U.S. marshals flanked Banks as he stood before the judge and several others stood by the courtroom doors.

After the 10-minute hearing, Banks' attorney accused media of falsely depicting his client as menacing. When Banks told a judge at his bank robbery trial that ended last week with his conviction that she would be "hearing from" him, Brindley said, he didn't meant it as a threat but merely meant he'd soon be filing post-trial motions.

"This is a fairly mild-mannered person. ... He is soft-spoken," Brindley said.

Brindley said his only chance to speak with Banks since his capture was for several seconds during Friday's hearing, and he declined to discuss his escape or capture.

The overnight escape went unnoticed for hours. Surveillance video from a nearby street showing the two hopping into a cab in downtown Chicago shortly before 3 a.m. Tuesday. They had changed out of their orange jail-issued jumpsuits.

Authorities found evidence of a meticulously planned escape, including clothing and sheets shaped to resemble a body under blankets on beds, bars inside a mattress and fake bars in the cells.

Law enforcement officials left a host of questions unanswered, including how the men could collect about 200 feet of bed sheets and what they might have used to break through the wall of the federal facility.

Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit because he wore used clothes during his alleged heists, was convicted last week of robbing two banks and attempting to rob two others. Authorities say he stole almost $600,000, and most of that still is missing.

During trial, he had to be restrained because he threatened to walk out of the courtroom. He verbally sparred with the prosecutor, at times arguing he was a sovereign citizen of a group that was above state and federal law.

Conley pleaded guilty last October to robbing a Homewood Bank last year of nearly $4,000. Conley, who worked at the time at a suburban strip club, wore a coat and tie when he robbed the bank and had a gun stuffed in his waistband.

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