Santa Clara sheriff searching for 2 escaped inmates

- The Santa Clara County Sheriff's office is warning the public to be on the lookout for two inmates that escaped from the main jail in San Jose Wednesday night by cutting through the bars of a 2nd floor window.

The Sheriff tweeted out photos of the men Thursday morning, identifying them as 26-year-old Lanon Campbell and 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez.

According to deputies, Campbell and Chavez along with two other inmates, escaped through that 2nd floor window in the oldest section of the main jail just after 11:00P.M. Wednesday night.

The two other men were immediately caught by deputies, but Campbell and Chavez were able to escape.

Resources were called in from all over the county to help with the search in downtown San Jose including K-9 units and a helicopter.

Officers surrounded a building on East Hedding street for a brief period during the search but  were unable to locate either wanted man inside.

The perimeter iwas near one part of Thursday morning's Silicon Valley Turkey Trot, which brought  out thousands of runners and fans.

Race officials told KTVU that the search did not impact this morning's race and that they already had 100 sworn police officers working security, so they safety was not an issue.

Police broke down the search perimeter around 9:30a.m. but said that the search was ongoing.

They also said they would update the investigation on Thursday afternoon barring any major breaks in the case.

Campbell had been in the jail since February 2015 on a variety or charges including robbery, false imprisonment, criminal threats and firearms violations.

Chavez  had only been in the jail since August of this year on charges of burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest, and firearms violations.

Campbell is described as African-America 6' 4" tall, and weighing 220 pounds.

Chavez is described as a hispanic male, 6' 1" tall, weighing 190 pounds, with a distinctive facial tattoo above and below his left eye.  He also has tattoos on his neck.

KTVU has a crew on the way to the scene and will bring updates on this developing story as they become available.

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