Search continues for escaped inmates, including Palo Alto man

Woman arrested for allegedly helping escaped inmates

A woman suspected of helping one of two inmates, including a Palo Alto man, who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose last week has been arrested as the search for the two men continues, a sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.

San Jose resident Emily Vaca, 35, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime, sheriff's Sgt. Richard Glennon said.

Vaca allegedly helped 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez of San Jose flee from law enforcement authorities by driving him around the county, Glennon said.

Chavez and 26-year-old Laron Campbell of Palo Alto escaped from the Main Jail South facility near West Hedding and North San Pedro streets in San Jose around 11 p.m. Wednesday by cutting through bars to a second floor window, Glennon said.

They then lowered themselves to the ground with bed sheets and clothes, according to Glennon.

Investigators didn't find any cutting instruments in the cell or surrounding area where the inmates took off. They reviewed surveillance footage that showed the pair outside the perimeter established by deputies that night, Glennon said.

Two other inmates also fled with Chavez and Campbell but were quickly located by correctional deputies outside of the jail facility, Glennon said.

Around 11:15 p.m. Sunday, deputies went to a Days Inn motel at 8292 Murray Ave. in Gilroy based on tips that Chavez was in or near the motel, according to Glennon.

They were unable to find Chavez, but interviewed many people in the area, the sergeant said.

Deputies today also raided a property on Inman Way in San Jose for Chavez's associates in the county.

The raid was planned ahead of time and was just blocks away from Apollo High School, William C. Overfelt High School and Most Holy Trinity School, Glennon said.

Deputies are collaborating with local and federal law enforcement agencies in their search. Chavez had been at the jail since Aug. 17 on suspicion of burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and firearms violations, according to Glennon.

Chavez is described as a Hispanic man standing around 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 190 pounds. He has a facial tattoo above and below his left eye, Glennon said.

Campbell was booked into the jail on Feb. 12, 2015, for alleged robbery, false imprisonment, criminal threats and firearms violations, according to Glennon.

Campbell is a black man who stands about 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs roughly 220 pounds, Glennon said.

It's not clear if the inmates have weapons, but they are considered dangerous, Glennon said.

Sheriff Laurie Smith announced a $20,000 reward for anyone who provides information that helps investigators catch Chavez and Campbell, according to Glennon.

Smith has also warned the public that anyone who helps the inmates can expect to face charges.

People with information on the missing inmates' whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's investigations unit at 408-808-4500 or anonymous tip line at 408-808-4431. Those who see the inmates are asked to exercise caution and call 911.

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Laron Campbell was just recaptured.
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