Police surround San Jose home where escaped inmate might be

  • Police surround San Jose home where escaped inmate might be

Police surround San Jose home where escaped inmate might be

In this undated photo provided by the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is Emily Vaca.

Law enforcement officers throughout the area are continuing to look for Rogelio Chavez.

Campbell and 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez of San Jose escaped from the Main Jail South facility near West Hedding and North San Pedro streets around 11 p.m. November 23 by cutting through bars to a second-floor window. An online court records search in Santa Clara County showed he had been charged at least 34 times since 2005.

Chavez was booked into the jail in August on charges including burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, and firearms violations, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Campbell has been in jail since February 2015 on felony charges that include robbery, false imprisonment and making criminal threats. Authorities asked for the public's help in tracking down the pair of potentially risky California prisoners, who after cutting through the bars on Thanksgiving Eve, rappelled to the ground on a bedsheet rope and escaped.

Two other inmates also fled with Chavez and Campbell but were quickly located by correctional deputies outside of the jail facility, Glennon said. Sheriff's investigators were in East San Jose on Tuesday, hitting what they call "high value targets and associates of Chavez".

In the process, a 35-year-old San Jose woman was arrested on suspicion of helping Chavez hide in a Gilroy motel raided Monday. Glennon said a raid was planned for Tuesday night and a warrant obtained after officials spotted Campbell in the house.

Neusel said a tip led authorities to Alexander's Antioch home and thanked the tipster. But he came crashing down through the flimsy roof shortly after and was taken into custody without further incident.

It's not clear if Chavez has weapons, but he is to be considered risky, Glennon said.

Both men face possible life sentences.

"Detectives are still investigating Chavez's connection to the hotel, and reviewing surveillance videos", Santa Clara County Sheriff Sgt.

Of the four who managed to escape from the jail on that same day, only Chavez now remains on the loose.

Chavez has been at large since the night of November 23, when he and Campbell apparently sawed through the steel bars of their second-floor window in the south wing of the Main Jail on West Hedding Street, then rappelled down on a makeshift rope formed from bed sheets and clothing.