6 inmates use homemade rope to escape California jail, officials say
MERCED, California (KSEE / KGPE) – Six inmates escaped Sunday from a California prison using a homemade rope, according to the authorities.
Authorities say a preliminary investigation determined that inmates had gained access to the roof of the facility and used the homemade rope to shrink the side of the prison.
Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke said the inmates should be considered armed and dangerous.
The sheriff said the discovery was made early Sunday morning when officers inside the jail went to take a count.
Sheriff Warnke said the six inmates were in a nine-inmate cell in the gang housing unit, adding that it appears the men had access to the roof between 11:30 a.m. Saturday night and 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning.
He said the inmates lowered a 20-foot wall from the prison.
“They used this makeshift rope from woven sheets and were able to descend from the side of the building into an alley between our building and an adjacent building,” Warnke said.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office has formed a task force to track down and apprehend the inmates.
The official descriptions of the men are below:
Jorge Barron, 20, an adult Hispanic male, 5 ‘5’ ‘140 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Atwater. Barron’s current charges are a probation violation.
Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19, Hispanic adult male, 5 ’10 “, 225 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Atwater. Current charges include attempted murder, shooting in a residential dwelling, involvement in a gang street felon, a felon in possession of a gun and a violation of probation.
Manuel Allen Leon, 21, Hispanic adult male, 5 ’10 “, 165 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Vallejo. Charges against Leon include assault with a firearm, shooting in a residential dwelling , an escape from a peace officer – reckless driving, involvement in a criminal street gang and carrying a loaded firearm.
Andres Nunez Rodriguez, Jr., 21, Hispanic adult male, 5 ‘7 “, 145 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Planada. Rodriguez’s current charges are attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participating in a criminal and criminal street gang in possession of a gun.
Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, Hispanic adult male, 5 ‘6’ ‘, 145 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Los Banos. Roman’s current charge is murder.
Eduardo Edgar Ventura, 22, Hispanic adult male, 5 ’11 “, 129 pounds, black hair and brown eyes, from Portland, Ore. The current charges are felony with gun possession, gang involvement criminal street and violation of probation.
Anyone with information or anyone who sees any of these people is urged not to approach them and to call 911 immediately.