Manhunt underway for convicted murderer who escaped prison

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KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officers armed with rifles are searching neighborhoods near the eastern Illinois city of Kankakee as the manhunt for an escaped convict enters a second day.

TV news video shows heavily armed officers entering homes in the city’s southern suburbs.

But there is still no sign of Kamron T. Taylor. The 23-year-old fled from the Jerome Combs Detention Center before dawn Wednesday after beating a guard unconscious and using his uniform to fool other guards into letting him out. He then drove away in the guard’s SUV, which was later found abandoned.

Watch a full report on how Kamron Talyor escaped below:

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office released a still image taken from a surveillance camera showing Taylor wearing the guard’s jacket, emblazoned with an officer’s badge.

Taylor was awaiting sentencing for killing a man during a botched robbery.

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