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Second California inmate escapee captured

Both inmates who escaped a California jail earlier this month are back behind bars.

The last of the two California inmates who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail last week, was captured on Wednesday. He’s back in custody.

NBC News reports that Rogelio Chavez was caught during a SWAT team search near a Coy Park, California, home, a day after the U.S. Marshals captured his escapee partner in crime, Laron Desean Campbell, 26. The SWAT team searched the area after detectives noticed a suspicious person trying to conceal himself in the attic of a home. They used tear gas to force Chavez from the home.

Karla Fernandez, a resident in the home, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, obstructing an investigation, and being an accessory to the suspect’s escape. According to Sheriff Laurie Smith with the Santa Clara PD, additional arrests may follow. The investigation is ongoing.

 Authorities indicated that Chavez had narcotics in his possession at the time of his arrest. He was also reportedly under the influence of narcotics upon capture, and was transported to a local hospital.

Campbell and Chavez escaped from the Santa Clara County jail at around 10:30 p.m. on November 23. They tied bed sheets together into a makeshift rope, and scaled down the jail building from their 2nd floor cell window. Campbell had been in jail since February 15, 2015, on various charges, including robbery, false imprisonment, firearms violations, and making criminal threats. Chavez had been behind bars since August, on burglary, firearms violations, resisting arrest, false imprisonment, and criminal threats charges.

Both escaped inmates are now facing numerous additional charges.

[ Feature Photo by Santa Clara PD]