By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
Published: 13:50 GMT, 7 November 2017 | Updated: 13:50 GMT, 7 November 2017
Two inmates charged with armed robbery are on the run after making a dramatic escape from a suburban Northern California courthouse and fleeing in a car waiting outside for them.
Tramel McClough, 46, and John Bivins, 47, managed to break free from the sheriff's deputy who was guarding them at the Palo Alto Courthouse in Silicon Valley on Monday.
The two, who authorities say are dangerous, escaped from the deputy as he escorted them through a public hallway outside a courtroom where McClough and Bivins were due to face a hearing.
Tramel McClough (left) and John Bivins (right) managed to break free from the sheriff's deputy who was guarding them at the Palo Alto Courthouse in Silicon Valley on Monday
They ran through an emergency exit, down stairs and outside to a waiting car, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's office.
They abandoned the car a few blocks away for a U-Haul moving van.
Police found a handcuff key and discarded restraints nearby.
A wide scale search is still underway and people have been asked to call police if they see the two men but not to approach them.
The Palo Alto Police Department said on Twitter that the men