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Prisoners escape after guards put dummy in watch tower

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The two men, Walter Pozo and Cesar Andres, leapt over a wire fence before scaling the perimeter wall and making their escape unnoticed by the remaining guards.

Prison workers said that a shortage of staff meant they were only able to man two of the 15 guard towers so they had to resort to using a stand in.

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A prison source said: “We’ve made a dummy out of a football and a prison officer’s cap, so that the prisoner see its shadow and think they’re being watched.”

“We named him Wilson, like in the film Cast Away, and put him in one of the towers,” the man told the Diario Rio Negro newspaper, referring to the Tom Hanks film in which his character invents a volleyball character for company.

The source said that the video cameras monitoring the perimeter wall had stopped working some months ago. He said that he hoped the incident would alert the authorities to the problems with lack of resources and that politicians would act to improve the conditions.

Both had been serving out sentences for armed robbery at the jail in Argentina’s Neuquén province. The escaped convicts, who were nearing the end of their sentences so were being held in a part of the prison with fewer security measures, have not yet been recaptured.

Nestor D’Abramo, a prison official, confirmed the two men had escaped and said they had jumped the fence before clambering over the wall.

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Ind. man gives painting to Colo. bin Laden hunter (AP)

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Tue Jul 20, 4:32 pm ET

MUNCIE, Ind. – An Indiana man who says he dreamed two years ago of a bearded man slaying Osama bin Laden has given a painting of the dramatic scene to a Colorado man arrested in Pakistan while hunting for the al-Qaida leader.

Jerry Cool, 63, told The Star Press of Muncie that he was “shocked” when he saw Gary Faulkner talking on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” on June 28 about his arrest in northern Pakistan earlier that month.

“Once I saw Gary on TV, I knew that was him in my vision,” Cool told the newspaper. “To me, he’s the only one that deserves that painting.”

Faulkner, a bearded, 52-year-old unemployed construction worker from Greeley, Colo., says he traveled to Pakistan to kill bin Laden. He was carrying a pistol, a sword and night-vision goggles when detained in mid-June near the border with Afghanistan.

Cool, who has a beard himself, said that in 2008, he dreamed of a “man with gray hair and a dark beard” killing the al-Qaida leader, and that he committed the scene to canvas.

The painting, “A Renaissance Dream of 9-11: The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” shows a bin Laden-like figure on one knee in a thigh-length white robe and sandals, wielding a sword. He’s being stabbed with a spear by what appears to be an armored Roman soldier with a beard, while two others fight on horseback in the foreground.

After Faulkner’s “Letterman” appearance, Cool reached out to Faulkner’s brother and told him he wanted to give Faulkner his painting. Scott Faulkner told his brother, who called Cool on Sunday and arranged to stop in Muncie while driving back to Colorado from a visit to Massachusetts.

Faulkner told the paper that shared the vision Cool painted.

“When I saw it, I knew it instantly. I told my brother, ‘I know this place,’” he said.

Faulkner told the newspaper he’s going to hang the painting in his living room.

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