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Two Inmates on the Run After Escaping from Second-Floor Window of California Jail

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They used a makeshift rope of bedding and clothing to rappel from the second-story window of the California jail where they were being held. And now, two inmates are on the run.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office confirms that the two men remain on the lam as of early Thursday. The men have been identified as Rogelio Chavez and Lanon Campbell.

They cut through the bars of the Santa Clara County Main Jail at around 11:09 p.m. on Wednesday — along with two other inmates.

A deputy officer on patrol around the jail’s perimeter spotted the men as they made their escape, the Associated Press reports. “He kind of thought he saw some movement in the shadows, looked up, and saw some bedding in the window,” Sgt. Rich Glennon told the AP.

The two other inmates — whose identities were not released — were apprehended by correctional deputies just outside of the jail as they attempted to make their escape, police said in a statement on Facebook.

They are expected to face charges for the escape, the AP reports.

All four were being held in Main Jail South — the oldest section of the jail.

Chavez was described as Latino, 6-foot-1-inch tall, 190 pounds, and marked with a distinctive facial tattoo above his left eye. He was booked into the jail on Aug. 17, 2016 — and held on a variety of charges, including burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and firearms violations.

Campbell was being held on charges of robbery, false imprisonment, criminal threats and firearms violations. Described as an African-American male, 6-feet-4-inches tall and 220 pounds, he was booked into the jail on Feb. 12, 2015.

The men were last seen in their jail clothing — which included an orange top over gray bottoms, according to the AP.

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Sheriff’s deputies are actively searching for the men — working in tandem with the San Jose Police Department and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. They’ve set up a perimeter, and are using dogs and a helicopter with thermal imaging to help locate the men.

Police have asked anyone with information on the case to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit at (408) 808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.

They’re also urging anyone who spots either inmate to use extreme caution — and telling them not to try and apprehend the inmates themselves.