$6,000 Reward Offered for Inmate Who Escaped From Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers and the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Santa Clara County are offering a combined $6,000 for information leading to the arrest of Johnell Carter, an accused sex offender who escaped after fighting with a deputy and injuring him.

The 40-year-old Carter was in jail custody, but escaped from the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, where he was taken for treatment on Friday and was being supervised by a deputy.

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Sgt. Jim Jenson said Carter was in custody after being arrested in March 2014 on suspicion of five counts of child molestation.

Deputies consider him armed and dangerous.

While it was initially thought that a tattoo on the left side of Carter's neck said "Alice," deputies now said the tattoo reads "AMY." Carter also has "Johnell Jr." tattooed to his left upper arm and has a mole on the left side of his chin, according to deputies.

Carter is also described as 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with a shaved head.

Silicon Valley Crime Stopper can be reached at 408-947-7867 or by e-mail at TIPSUBMIT.com.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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