Both escaped Santa Clara County inmates back in custody

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Two escaped inmates are back in custody Thursday morning after cutting through the bars at the Santa Clara County Main Jail and rappelling down using sheets. (Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office)

Two escaped inmates are back in custody Thursday morning after cutting through the bars at the Santa Clara County Main Jail and rappelling down using sheets.

The second inmate was captured Wednesday night.

FULL VIDEO: Santa Clara County Sheriff's discuss capture of Rogelio Chavez

The sheriff's department sent a message to Santa Clara County residents saying, "The police activity has concluded. There is no threat to public safety, nor are there any outstanding suspects."

Both mug shots of the escaped inmates are now covered with "captured."

Rogelio Chavez was the latest one to be arrested. It came Wednesday night after a seven-and-a-half-hour standoff at a condo near Coy Drive and Sigrid Way in South San Jose.

Tear gas was fired into the condo more than once.
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So why did it take so long to go in and get him?

Sheriff Laurie Smith explained, "Caution. We thought he was in the house. We wanted to make sure all of our deputies were safe. We wanted to make sure nobody was in the house. We just took our time and knew that we wanted everyone to be safe."

Deputies say Chavez was under the influence of drugs at the time of his arrest and he was in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.

A woman, Karla Fernandez, was arrested as an accessory to Chavez.

A gun was also found in the condo.

This raid came less than 24 hours after the other escaped inmate, Laron Campbell, was arrested in Antioch at his sister's apartment.

The sheriff says more arrests could be coming if they find out who helped them once they were out of jail.

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