SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — One of two inmates who sawed their way out of a California jail and vanished last week was recaptured late Tuesday, authorities said. The search continued for the other one.
The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said Laron Campbell was taken back into custody and was being transported back to Santa Clara County. It wasn’t immediately clear where the arrest occurred, and no other details were released.
Deputies are still searching for Rogelio Chavez, it said.
Chavez and Campbell escaped with two other prisoners last Wednesday night from Santa Clara County’s main jail by cutting through the bars covering a second-story window and then rappelling to the ground on a bedsheet rope. The others were quickly apprehended.
Earlier Tuesday, heavily armed deputies surrounded a mobile home in San Jose in which they believed Chavez was hiding — but came up empty-handed.
Deputies placed nearby schools on lockdown and searched several places throughout the county after receiving tips of the possible location of Chavez, said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Rich Glennon.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s SWAT team was dispatched to a mobile home parked on an east San Jose street.
“He was not discovered at that location but we continue to search and our investigators remain in the area processing information and interviewing witnesses,” Glennon said.
A woman who helped Chavez after he escaped was arrested Monday on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime, Glennon said.
Emily Vaca, 35, of San Jose, helped Chavez evade authorities by driving him around the county. She was arrested Monday after authorities raided a motel in Gilroy, where Chavez was believed to be hiding, Glennon said.
Chavez and Campbell are facing possible life sentences if convicted of burglary, extortion, false imprisonment and other charges on which they were being held. Chavez had been held at the jail since August and Campbell since February 2015.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Four inmates cut their way through the bars of a second-story window and rappelled down the side of a California jail using a makeshift rope of bedding and clothing before making their way clear of the facility, the Santa Clara County sheriff’s office said Thursday.
Two of the men were recaptured just outside the jail after the Wednesday night escape, but the other two, Rogelio Chavez and Laron Campbell, remain on the lam, Sgt. Rich Glennon said.
Crime scene detectives were working to figure out how the men were able to cut through the window’s bars. A deputy patrolling the jail’s perimeter spotted the men as they made their escape.
“He kind of thought he saw some movement in the shadows looked up and saw some bedding in the window,” Glennon told The Associated Press.
Both Chavez and Campbell were facing false imprisonment and weapons charges, among other counts, when they made their escape. Several agencies are searching for the men, with help from dogs and a helicopter using thermal imaging.
The men were last seen in their jail clothing, consisting of an orange top over gray bottoms. Chavez has a distinctive face tattoo that resembles an inky gash going through his left eye.
The recaptured men, whose names are not being released, are expected to face charges for the escape.
Glennon warned the public off approaching the men if they see them, but is asking people in the area to remain vigilant.
“We definitely don’t want the community to approach these individuals, but be aware of anything suspicious,” he said.
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