D157-C and D161 Schools on 'Soft Lockdown' After 2 Escaped Convicts Seen in Tinley Park

Frankfort and Frankfort Square schools are taking extra precautions with students' safety as police search the Tinley Park area for two convicted bank robbers, who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop this morning.

Schools in Frankfort School District 157-C and Summit Hill District 161 are on a 'soft lockdown' this afternoon after two convicted bank robbers who escaped from a jail in the Loop were seen in the Tinley Park area.

Schools in both districts will have indoor recess, according to Debbie McAllen, secretary to D157-C Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hurlburt and Nancy Hutchinson, administrative assistant to D161 Superintendent Dr. Barb Rains. Police officers will oversee dismassal from schools in D157-C

Jose Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, are both convicted bank robbers, and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Authorities earlier surrounded a home in Tinley Park, near 66th Court and 175th Street, but officers later left, and no one was scene taken from the house.

The men escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop some time between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.  Authorities believe the men used tied-together rope or bed sheets to climb down the building, according to ABC News.

The men were last seen in Tinley Park, though the FBI did not specify their exact location.

Banks is described as 5 feet 8 inches, 160 pounds and black. Conley is described as 6 feet, 185 pounds and white. The men were originally wearing orange jumpsuits, but may now be wearing white shirts, sweat pants and white gym shoes.

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