Chicago Prison Escape: Footage of Bank Robbers Garners New Leads in Manhunt


Bernard Welch and Hugh Colomb, who were serving sentences for murder, fled the facility May 14, 1985, by using an electrical-cord rope from the sixth floor of the side of the prison. During an intense rainstorm, the two first knocked out the window with a barbell weight.

Welch and Colomb were on the run for months before they were caught, according to ABC affiliate WABC.

Welch was captured three months later when police answered a complaint about an illegally parked car in Greensburg, Pa., according to an Associated Press report at the time. Police discovered the car had been stolen in Milwaukee and the tags were stolen in a different Pennsylvania town. He was found by authorities sleeping in a third-floor apartment and arrested, according to the AP.

Colomb was apprehended that October in Mississippi, after he robbed a bank with a sawed-off shotgun.

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