California homicide suspects escaped jail by way of 22-inch gap

Santos Samuel Fonseca (L) and Jonathan Salazar (R), the murder suspects who escaped from a jail in Monterey CountyPicture copyright
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Santos Samuel Fonseca (L) and Jonathan Salazar (R) escaped from a jail in Monterey County


Police have launched photos displaying how two homicide suspects pulled off a stunning jail break in California.

Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, crawled by way of a 22in (55cm) gap they lower in a rest room ceiling on the jail within the metropolis of Salinas, south of San Francisco.


The native sheriff’s workplace stated the boys had exploited a “blind spot”.

The 2 have been awaiting trial for separate homicide expenses after they escaped on Sunday.

“We’re disillusioned that there are individuals charged with murder who’re not in our jail,” Jonathan Thornburg, a spokesman for the Monterey County Sheriff’s Workplace, stated.

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The 22in (55cm) huge gap the homicide suspects lower and crawled by way of on the jail in Monterey County

Authorities are looking for the fugitives, who’re thought of armed and harmful.

The sheriff’s workplace is providing a $5,000 (£three,800) reward for details about the suspects’ whereabouts.

How did the suspects escape?

The suspects bored the outlet in a rest room the place jail guards couldn’t see them, officers stated.

The opening was huge sufficient for Mr Fonseca and Mr Salazar, each 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, to climb by way of.

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Authorities stated the suspects discovered a “blind spot” within the jail’s rest room

The opening led to a upkeep space full of ducts and pipes.

The suspects crawled by way of this area – stated to be 11in huge in components – till they reached a hatch, which they pressured open and escaped by way of.

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The suspects crawled by way of a upkeep space after climbing by way of the outlet

The hatch was behind the jail, the place there was no safety fencing with barbed wire, authorities stated.

What are the fees in opposition to the boys?

The 2 suspects have been arrested and charged final 12 months in reference to separate homicide circumstances, authorities stated.

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The hatch by way of which the suspects escaped

Mr Fonseca is accused of killing Lorenzo Gomez Acosta, 37, and Ernesto Garcia Cruz, 27 4 days aside in June 2018.

Mr Salazar is accused of taking pictures useless Jaime Martinez, 20, in October 2017.

Each males have pleaded not responsible, the Los Angeles Instances reported.

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