Joyce Mitchell, the prison guard who helped Richard Matt and David Sweat escape to their freedom, has been arrested, RadarOnline.com has learned.
Mitchell was arrested Friday evening in New York. Police said she had been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor, for first-degree promoting prison contraband, and fourth-degree criminal facilitation, respectively.
Escaped killers Sweat and Matt are still on the run. Bloodhounds last caught a scent at a Subway sandwich chop in the small town of Cadyville, New York, according to Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.
Wylie previously confirmed that Mitchell had aided the men by bringing in contraband materials — but not power tools — an act he called illegal.
Mitchell, 51, had come under investigation before the escape due to her close relationship with Sweat at the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York. She was not disciplined, but government officials told NBC News that Matt had charmed her with sweet talk for several months in the hopes she would eventually be the deadly duo's getaway driver.
Matt and Sweat broke out of the prison last Saturday after using power tools to cut through their steel cell wall before snaking across a catwalk, breaking a brick wall, traveling through a steam pipe, and exiting out of a manhole cover outside the maximum-security correctional facility that houses 3,000 inmates.
Sweat was sentenced to life with no chance of parole in the 2002 killing of a police officer, while Matt was serving a 25-year-to-life sentence for a 1997 conviction in the kidnapping and killing of a man. A $100,000 reward has been offered for info leading to the recapture of the inmates.
They remain on the run.