Search continues for dangerous escaped Santa Clara County inmates

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- As law enforcement continues to search for two dangerous escaped inmates, a friend of one of the men describes him as "a good guy."

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Authorities held a news conference to provide an update on the search for two inmates who escaped the Palo Alto courthouse this morning.

ABC7 News went to Tramel McClough's parents' house in East Palo Alto.

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified said he grew up with McClough.

He said he if he could get a message to him it would be, "We love you. Be safe. And just think about what mom's going through."

He also said his biggest fear is that police will kill McClough if they find him.

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47 year old McClough and 46 year old John Bivins escaped from the Palo Alto Superior Courthouse Monday morning.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said the men were wearing physical restraints but, in a hallway, they were able to get away from the deputy who was guarding them. They went out an emergency exit and got into a waiting car. They traveled two or three blocks in that car then ditched it and got into a Uhaul cargo van. Investigators have since found the restraints and a handcuff key.

A Sheriff's Office spokesman called it a sophisticated and brazen escape.

The men are facing lengthy prison sentences for armed robbery. They're co-defendants in two similar cases. One, last February in Sunnyvale. Authorities say the men had a gun and a knife when they tied up employees in a Verizon store and stole more than $64,000 in phones and other merchandise.

The Deputy District Attorney who's prosecuting the case said the public should consider the men armed and dangerous.
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