Inmates Bust Out Of Indiana Jail ‘Shawshank Style’

By Elena Weissmann

Two Indiana inmates escaped their prison cell by climbing through the wall last week — an escape that mimics the plot of the 1994 film, “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Just as the infamous Andy Dufresne of “Shawshank” digs a tunnel out of his prison cell using a rock hammer, the Indiana inmates somehow drilled a large enough hole in the wall to escape, only to be apprehended four days later.

Officials suspect the two inmates spent weeks carving through stone wall to break out, then stole a truck, according to WCPO-TV. Police in Dayton, Ohio caught Chadwick Heath, 39, and Michael Roberts, 27, Tuesday.

Roberts was held on burglary and theft charges and Heath on drug-dealing charges. Heath’s mother is facing charges after reportedly helping the pair after their escape.

This is not the first time inmates took cues from the 1994 classic. Two prisoners—David Sweat and Richard Matt—spent weeks on the run in summer 2015 after using a hacksaw blade and other tools to bust out of a maximum-security prison in upstate New York. Police caught the two inmates, who were convicted murderers, in late June.

Sweat said he and his co-conspirator joked often about the similarities between their prison break and the one from “Shawshank.” The only difference, Sweat said, was that their escape wouldn’t take 20 years, according to Business Insider.

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