$20K re­ward of­fered as sher­iff vows to cap­ture jail es­capees

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

SAN JOSE, Cal­i­for­nia: A North­ern Cal­i­for­nia sher­iff is promis­ing to cap­ture a pair of men who sawed their way out of a Cal­i­for­nia jail and van­ished late Thanks­giv­ing Eve. Santa Clara County Sher­iff Laurie Smith told re­porters Fri­day that au­thor­i­ties are us­ing he­li­copters, dogs and other means as they search night and day for the two men. A $20,000 re­ward has been posted for the cap­ture of Ro­ge­lio Chavez and Laron Campbell.

Smith said au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the two are still in the area, not­ing search dogs tracked them to a nearby river be­fore los­ing their scent. “We will find these two and any per­son who is har­bor­ing or aid­ing and abet­ting in their es­cape we will at­tempt to pros­e­cute,” she said.

The sher­iff also told re­porters that au­thor­i­ties have re­ceived nu­mer­ous cred­i­ble tips from peo­ple who be­lieve they saw the two, in­clud­ing one tip that came from the area that search dogs had chased them to. She en­cour­aged peo­ple to keep re­port­ing such in­for­ma­tion but warned they should not to try to con­front the men. “I want to re­mind the com­mu­nity that these are dan­ger­ous peo­ple,” she said. “They are not to be ap­proached. Please just dial 911.”

How they es­caped

The pair es­caped with two other pris­on­ers by cut­ting through the bars cov­er­ing a sec­ond-story win­dow of the county’s main jail and then rap­pelling to the ground. The others were quickly ap­pre­hended. Chavez, 33, and Campbell, 26, are fac­ing pos­si­ble life sen­tences if con­victed of bur­glary, ex­tor­tion, false im­pris­on­ment and other charges they were be­ing held on. Chavez had been held at the jail since Au­gust and Campbell since Fe­bru­ary 2015.

Chavez, who is from San Jose, is rec­og­niz­able by a dis­tinc­tive face tat­too re­sem­bling an inky gash go­ing through his left eye. Campbell, who is from Palo Alto, stands 6-feet-4. Smith said au­thor­i­ties still haven’t found the tools used to cut through the bars and don’t know how they were ob­tained. “That’s one of our big con­cerns,” she said. “To think that we have in­mates in there with those kinds of tools is pretty dis­heart­en­ing.”

The es­capees were be­ing held in a dor­mi­tory de­signed to hold 20 peo­ple. Con­di­tions there are of­ten very loud, Smith said, mak­ing it hard for guards to hear any sus­pi­cious noise that might have been made. That sec­tion of the jail, built in the 1950s, doesn’t have cam­eras ei­ther, which helped fa­cil­i­tate the es­cape. “From the of­fi­cers’ sta­tion you can­not see in,” Smith said, adding there are plans to put cam­eras there in the fu­ture. Wed­nes­day’s es­cape was dis­cov­ered by a deputy pa­trolling the jail’s perime­ter. “He kind of thought he saw some move­ment in the shad­ows, looked up and saw some bed­ding in the win­dow,” said Sgt. Rich Glen­non.

A sim­i­lar es­cape was made from a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia jail in Jan­uary by three men au­thor­i­ties later de­ter­mined had planned it for weeks. They cut through the main Or­ange County jail’s fifth-floor bars with tools smug­gled in by an out­sider, rap­pelled to the ground and es­caped in a get-away car. They later ab­ducted a cab driver and forced him to drive them to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The es­cape be­gan to un­ravel when one of the men, fear­ful the others would kill the driver, fled to South­ern Cal­i­for­nia with him and sur­ren­dered. The others were cap­tured soon af­ter in San Fran­cisco. —AP

SANTA CLARA, Cal­i­for­nia: This Fri­day, Nov. 25, 2016 photo pro­vided by the Santa Clara County Sher­iff shows a win­dow of the Santa Clara County Jail where in­mates cut through the bars to es­cape. —AP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Kuwait

© PressReader. All rights reserved.