For Immediate Release - June 27, 2008

Defendants In Salem Escape Arraigned

The two women who allegedly helped Miguel Caraballo escape from custody outside Salem Superior Court Wednesday were arraigned this morning in Salem District Court.

Joann Santos, 30, of 383 Chestnut Street, Lawrence, and Yessenia Silva, 26, of 306 High Street, Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to aiding a felon or accused felon to escape. That charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in state prison.

They are also charged with aiding an escape from an officer, which carries a penalty of up to two years imprisonment.

Judge Robert Cornetta set bail at $100,000 cash, and continued their cases until July 25 for a pre-trial hearing.

Caraballo 37, of Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to escape from a penal institution/court, and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail. He will be brought to Salem Superior Court on Monday for the removal of his arrest warrant stemming from the escape.

He is facing charges in Superior Court of home invasion, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny over $250, and larceny of a motor vehicle. Those charges stem from an alleged home invasion on December 21, 2007, in Haverhill.

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