ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — The manhunt for one of two inmates who escaped from the Santa Clara County Main Jail last week has ended late Tuesday night after the suspect fell through the ceiling of his sister’s Antioch home, authorities said.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department officials said the U.S. Marshal’s Service had been keeping the home of Leron Campbell’s sister under surveillance since shortly after his escape last week.
Armed with a search warrant, the Marshals and Antioch police stormed into the home. During the search, officials said, Campbell fell through the roof from his hiding place in the attic and was taken into custody.
His sister, 24-year-old Marcaysha Alexander, was also taken into custody and faces charging of harboring a fugitive.
According to the sheriff’s office, Campbell was transported back to the Santa Clara County jail.
Campbell and 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez of San Jose escaped from the Main Jail South facility near West Hedding and North San Pedro streets around 11 p.m. Nov. 23 by cutting through bars to a second-floor window.
The two inmates lowered themselves to the ground with bed sheets and clothes. Two other inmates escaped with Chavez and Campbell, but were quickly apprehended.
Investigators didn’t find cutting instruments in the cell or nearby, but found surveillance footage showing the pair outside the perimeter established by deputies, Glennon said.
Campbell was booked into the jail on Feb. 12, 2015 for robbery, false imprisonment, criminal threats and firearms violations.’
Deputies were still searching for Chavez, who is considered dangerous. He narrowly eluded recapture on Sunday.
At around 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, deputies set up surveillance at a Days Inn motel at 8292 Murray Ave. in Gilroy after receiving tips that Chavez was in or near the motel, but didn’t find him there.
On Tuesday, deputies raided a property on Inman Way in San Jose for Chavez’s associates.
San Jose resident Emily Vaca, 35, was arrested on suspicion of helping Chavez by driving him around the county, Glennon said Tuesday.
Chavez had been at the jail since Aug. 17 for burglary, extortion, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and firearms violations.
He is Hispanic, stands about 6 foot 1 inch tall and weighs about 190 pounds. He has a facial tattoo above and below his left eye.
Anyone with information about Chavez’s whereabouts has been asked to call sheriff’s investigators at (408) 808-4500 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.