By PAUL ELIAS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say two jail inmates escaped from a suburban Silicon Valley courthouse in a waiting vehicle.
The Santa Clara County sheriff's department says Tramel McClough and John Bivins are suspects in an armed robbery and considered dangerous.
The department says they escaped from the Palo Alto courthouse Monday where they were scheduled to attend a hearing in their case. Few details of the escape were immediately released, but authorities say it appeared orchestrated.
It's the latest setback for the sheriff's department, which runs the county's jails. Four inmates escaped from the main jail last year by cutting through metal bars and rappelling down a rope made of clothing and sheets.
In June, three former jail guards were convicted of murder for beating a mentally ill inmate to death in 2015.
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