Two Robbery Suspects Flee Courthouse in Orchestrated Escape
(BayAreaNewsTalk.com) – Two inmates have escaped from the Palo Alto Courthouse in what
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office officials are saying was an “orchestrated
Sgt. Reggie Cooks said inmates John Bivins, 46, and Tramel
McClough, 47, managed to flee and had “cars and people waiting for them to
According to the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections
Inmate Locator, both men were being held at the Elmwood Correctional Facility
without bail. Each had a court appearance scheduled at the Palo Alto
Bivins is described as a 5-foot, 9-inch, 180-pound black man with
brown eyes and black hair. McClough is a 6-foot, 4-inch black man who weighs
285 pounds. Anyone that sees them is advised to call 911 or the sheriff’s
office at (408) 808-3670.
Both men were arrested in February on suspicion of stealing
$64,400 worth of cellphones and other merchandise from a Verizon store in
Sunnyvale, police said earlier this year.
According to police, the two men were wearing masks when they
allegedly forced the store’s employees to open the store’s safe and then tied
them up and locked them in a bathroom, police said. One was armed with a
handgun and the other with a knife.
The suspects ransacked the store, reportedly taking dozens of
cellphones and other merchandise before fleeing in a vehicle. The employees
were not injured, police said.
Police found the suspect vehicle about 3 miles away, at Corte
Madera Avenue and Costa Mesa Terrace. The vehicle sped off, starting a short
pursuit involving the Santa Clara County sheriff’s air unit, patrol personnel
and Mountain View police.
The vehicle eventually stopped in the parking lot of an apartment
complex, at which time the driver fled on foot before being captured, police
said. The passenger started to flee before a police officer deployed a
conductive energy device and apprehended him. He was treated at a hospital
Police found all of the stolen property and the handgun allegedly
used in the robbery in the suspect vehicle. The gun had been reported stolen
out of Nevada, police said.
Investigators are working to determine whether these suspects are
responsible for other armed robberies in the Bay Area.