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2 inmates sought after cutting through bars at California jail

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Authorities in San Jose are searching for two inmates who broke out of the Santa Clara County main jail by cutting through the bars of a second-story window the night before.

Deputies at Main Jail South became aware of the escape in progress about 11:08 p.m. Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page.

Four inmates were involved in the escape, but two were immediately apprehended by correctional deputies outside the jail, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The other two inmates, Rogelio Chavez and Lanon Campbell, were not found and are being sought by the Sheriff’s Office and the San Jose Police Department. As of Sunday evening, the two inmates remain at large.

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. He is described as a Hispanic man, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 190 pounds, with a distinctive facial tattoo above and below his left eye.

Campbell was booked into the jail in February of 2015 on charges including robbery, false imprisonment, criminal threats, and firearms violations, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He is described as an African-American man, standing 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 408-808-4500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 408-808-4431.