The Latest: Reward offered after California prisoners escape

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) " The Latest on the search for two prisoners who escaped from a California jail on Thanksgiving Eve (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Authorities are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of two dangerous prisoners who escaped from a California jail on Thanksgiving Eve.

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said Friday that based on numerous tips, authorities believe 33-year-old Rogelio Chavez and 26-year Laron Campbell are still in the San Francisco Bay area.

Authorities have asked people to keep an eye out for the men and call 911 " not approach them " if they are spotted.

Chavez has a distinctive face tattoo resembling an inky gash going through his left eye.

The pair sawed through the bars of a jail window late Wednesday and escaped.

Two other prisoners who broke out with them were quickly captured.

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1:04 p.m.

Authorities are asking for the public's help in tracking down a pair of potentially dangerous prisoners who cut through the bars of a California jail, rappelled to the ground on a bedsheet rope and escaped.

Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Rich Glennon asked for people to keep an eye out for Rogelio Chavez and Laron Campbell and call 911 " not approach the men " if they are spotted.

Chavez and Campbell were among four inmates who broke out of the county's main jail late Wednesday. The others were quickly captured.

Chavez has a distinctive face tattoo resembling an inky gash going through his left eye.

Chavez and Campbell are facing possible life sentences if convicted of burglary, extortion, false imprisonment and other charges.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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