CHICAGO — Weeks after a pair of bank robbers made a daring escape from a downtown Chicago high-rise jail, police said Friday they captured the last of the two men but didn't notice him at first because he had disguised himself as an older person.

Kenneth Conley was arrested in the Chicago suburb of Palos Hills after a short foot chase. Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie said Conley was dressed like an old man, wearing a beret and glasses, and walking with a limp when officers approached him.

He said Conley pushed one of the officers and led them on a foot chase. He said the fleeing man tried to break into an apartment to avoid being captured, but was caught and had a BB gun in his possession.

Conley, 38, escaped the Metropolitan Correctional Center last month with Joseph "Jose" Banks, apparently by smashing a hole in a wall at the bottom of a narrow cell window and squeezing through before scaling down about 20 stories using a knotted rope made out of bed sheets.

Banks was arrested two days later at a home on Chicago's North Side, about five miles from the jail. Conley managed to elude authorities for 17 days, but was still in the area when he got caught – about 18 miles southwest of the federal facility.

The apartment complex where Conley was nabbed is across the street from the police department in Palos Hills.

Boie said officers checking on a report of someone sleeping in the basement of a building saw Conley, but he was disguised.

"One officer outside saw a guy who looked like an old man," the deputy chief said. "He had a beret. He was walking with a limp and he had glasses on."

The officers approached Conley to verify his identity and Conley claimed he "was just visiting and didn't have any identification," Boie said.

At that point, Conley pushed one of the officers and there was a small struggle before Conley ran off and tried to break into an apartment, Boie said. Two officers chased after him and caught him about a block and a half away.

Both Conley and the officer who was shoved were taken to a hospital. Their injuries weren't serious.

A man who answered the phone at a number listed for Conley's brother, Nicholas Conley, in the Chicago suburb of Orland Hills asked that the family be left alone. A message left for Conley's mother was not immediately returned.

On the morning of the escape, it took jail officials hours to notice Conley and Banks were gone. Surveillance video from a nearby street showed the two hopping into a cab shortly before 3 a.m. on Dec. 18. They had changed out of their orange jail-issued jumpsuits.

When the facility did discover the two men were gone around 7 a.m., what was found revealed a meticulously planned escape, including clothing and sheets shaped to resemble a body under blankets on beds, bars inside a mattress and even fake bars in the cells.

A massive manhunt involving state, federal and local law enforcement agencies was launched, as SWAT teams stormed into the home of a relative of Conley only to learn the two escapees had been there and left. The authorities searched other area homes and businesses – even a strip club where Conley once worked.

Law enforcement officials left a host of questions unanswered, including how the men could collect about 200 feet of bed sheets and what they might have used to break through the wall of the federal facility.

Conley pleaded guilty last October to robbing a Homewood Bank last year of nearly $4,000. He wore a coat and tie during the robbery and had a gun stuffed in his waistband.

Banks, 37, known as the Second-Hand Bandit because he wore used clothes during his heists, had been convicted of robbing two banks and attempting to rob two others. Authorities say he stole almost $600,000, and most of that is still missing.

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Associated Press writers Carla K. Johnson and Tammy Webber contributed to this report.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Police and a K9 officer search the Metra station in downtown Tinley Park, Ill. (<a href="http://tinleypark.patch.com/articles/fbi-escaped-bank-robbers-last-seen-in-tinley-park">Via Patch</a>.)

  • Police and a K9 officer search the Metra station in downtown Tinley Park, Ill. (<a href="http://tinleypark.patch.com/articles/fbi-escaped-bank-robbers-last-seen-in-tinley-park">Via Patch</a>.)

  • Television news crews gather outside the home of an unidentified family member of escaped prisoner Kenneth Conley Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Tinley Park, Ill. Conley and Joseph "Jose" Banks, two convicted bank robbers, escaped from a federal prison window using a knotted rope or bed sheets high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday according to authorities. Authorities are convinced the two men visited the home before law enforcement officers arrived. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

  • Police tape surrounds the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • A rope dangles from a window on the back side of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • A harness and the end of a rope dangles from a window on the back side of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • A Chicago police officer stands guard in the lobby of the Metropolitan Correctional Center Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Two convicted bank robbers used a knotted rope or bed sheets to escape from the federal prison window high above downtown Chicago early Tuesday, a week after one of them made a courtroom vow of retribution, to federal judge. The escape occurred sometime between 5 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. when the inmates were discovered missing, Chicago Police Sgt. Mark Lazarro said. Hours later, what appeared to be a rope, knotted at six-foot intervals, could be seen dangling into an alley from a window of the Metropolitan Correctional Center approximately 20 stories above the ground. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Police search for evidence and secure the area around from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop after two convicted bank robbers escaped on December 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph 'Jose' Banks and Ken Conley appear to have busted away concrete to enlarge a window opening then climbed down about 16 stories on makeshift ropes on the outside of the building. Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit, was convicted last week of two bank robberies and two attempted robberies where he made off with a nearly $600,000, $500,000 of which is still unaccounted for. Conley was convicted of robbing nearly $4,000 from a bank last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Police search for evidence and secure the area around from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop after two convicted bank robbers escaped on December 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph 'Jose' Banks and Ken Conley appear to have busted away concrete to enlarge a window opening then climbed down about 16 stories on makeshift ropes on the outside of the building. Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit, was convicted last week of two bank robberies and two attempted robberies where he made off with a nearly $600,000, $500,000 of which is still unaccounted for. Conley was convicted of robbing nearly $4,000 from a bank last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Crime scene tape surrounds the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in the Loop after two convicted bank robbers escaped on December 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph 'Jose' Banks and Ken Conley appear to have busted away concrete to enlarge a window opening then climbed down about 16 stories on makeshift ropes on the outside of the building. Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit, was convicted last week of two bank robberies and two attempted robberies where he made off with a nearly $600,000, $500,000 of which is still unaccounted for. Conley was convicted of robbing nearly $4,000 from a bank last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • The federal Metropolitan Correctional Center where two convicted bank robbers escaped stands in the south end of the Loop on December 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Joseph 'Jose' Banks and Ken Conley appear to have busted away concrete to enlarge a window opening then climbed down about 16 stories on the makeshift ropes to make their escape. Banks, known as the Second-Hand Bandit, was convicted last week of two bank robberies and two attempted robberies where he made off with a nearly $600,000, $500,000 of which is still unaccounted for. Conley was convicted of robbing nearly $4,000 from a bank last year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Kenneth Conley

    This undated photo provided by the FBI shows , Kenneth Conley one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Chicago Police Sgt. Michael Lazarro says their disappearance was discovered at about 8:45 Tuesday morning. Lazarro says the pair used a rope or bed sheets to climb from the building. (AP Photo/FBI)

  • Jose Banks

    This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jose Banks, one of two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. Chicago Police Sgt. Michael Lazarro says their disappearance was discovered at about 8:45 Tuesday morning. Lazarro says the pair used a rope or bed sheets to climb from the building. (AP Photo/FBI)


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