Second inmate located and arrested after escape from Palo Alto Courthouse
Photo: John Bivins and Tramel McClough
SANTA CLARA COUNTY– The Palo Alto Courthouse and the Santa Clara Sherriff’s Department are breathing a little easier today with the arrest of their second wanted escaped inmate. The escape occurred on November 6 during a routine transport to and from the Palo Alto Criminal Courthouse.
On November 21 Tramel McClough was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at a Walmart on Trinity Parkway in Stockton. During a routine check of traffic in the area, a patrolling CHP officer noticed two black males driving a green SUV that appeared to be making erratic turns to avoid detection.
After running the plates it was determined that the vehicle the two male suspects were driving was in fact stolen. With a brief chase and shootout, John Bivins continued driving as McClough bailed, running towards a local Walmart, where he was eventually found inside. However, despite this arrest, John Bivins remained at-large.
Then a break resulted in the arrest of Bivins at a local Motel in San Leandro.
The Marshals service responded to the Fairmont Inn where McClough was holed up inside. Deputies approached Bivins as he exited room 402 and he became combative. A Taser was used to subdue him and bring him into custody on November 26, five days after his accomplice and partner in crime had been arrested.