A cabdriver’s suspicion that two early morning passengers were the convicted killers who escaped from a New York prison earlier was wrong, according to a Philadelphia police source.
Police made that determination after reviewing surveillance video with the cabdriver Thursday morning.
The cabdriver told police he picked up two men who matched the descriptions of 48-year-old Richard Matt and 34-year-old David Sweat at Broad and Vine streets around 4:15 a.m. Thursday.
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The taxi dropped the men off at 30th Street Station in downtown Philadelphia.
The cabbie worked two more fares and then called 911, police said. The driver told police the men he dropped off at 30th Street Station looked like Sweat and Matt.
The cabdriver went back to the train station with police to review surveillance video and determined the men were not the escapees.
In an earlier text to NBC10, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said there have been several reported sightings of the suspects in different cities, and he had no reason to believe they are in Philadelphia.
Matt and Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison more than 400 miles to the north of Philadelphia, on Saturday. The prison is about 20 miles from the Canadian border.