The Latest: Reward offered after California prisoners escape

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Posted: Nov 25, 2016 6:18 PM
The Latest: Reward offered after California prisoners escape

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the search for two prisoners who escaped from a California jail on Thanksgiving Eve (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of two dangerous prisoners who escaped from a California jail on Thanksgiving Eve.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Friday that based on numerous tips, authorities believe 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez and 26-year Laron Campbell are still in the San Francisco Bay area.

Authorities have asked people to keep an eye out for the men and call 911 — not approach them — if they are spotted.

Chavez has a distinctive face tattoo resembling an inky gash going through his left eye.

The pair sawed through the bars of a jail window late Wednesday and escaped.

Two other prisoners who broke out with them were quickly captured.

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1:04 p.m.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a pair of potentially dangerous prisoners who cut through the bars of a California jail, rappelled to the ground on a bedsheet rope and escaped.

Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rich Glennon asked for people to keep an eye out for Rogelio Chavez and Laron Campbell and call 911 — not approach the men — if they are spotted.

Chavez and Campbell were among four inmates who broke out of the county's main jail late Wednesday. The others were quickly captured.

Chavez has a distinctive face tattoo resembling an inky gash going through his left eye.

Chavez and Campbell are facing possible life sentences if convicted of burglary, extortion, false imprisonment and other charges.