VIDEO: 2 inmates sought after ‘orchestrated’ escape from Palo Alto court

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — Authorities are looking for two inmates who escaped a Palo Alto court Monday morning in an “orchestrated” get away, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office.

Tramel McClough, 46, and John Bivins, 47, escaped from the courthouse at around 9:30 a.m. as a deputy escorted them through the courthouse hallway, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Sgt. Reggie Cooks.

Cooks says it’s unclear how they eluded the deputy.

The inmates ran through an emergency exit, downstairs and out of the courthouse to a waiting car.

The car was abandoned a few blocks away and they got into a U-Haul cargo van.

Just after 5 p.m. on Monday, authorities said they found a key and discarded restraints outside the courthouse in the escapees’ path. 

The two men had been charged with robbing a Verizon store of $64,000 in merchandise in February and being held with no bail.

They were at the courthouse to attend a hearing in their case.

Police say these escapees are dangerous and should not be approached.

The public is asked to call 911 immediately if you see either of these men.

No further information is available at this time.



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