One of many six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape from a jail in California over the weekend was arrested on Tuesday, officers mentioned.
Edgar Ventura, 22 of Portland, Ore., was “apprehended with out incident” slightly after 3 p.m. in Firebaugh, about 30 miles south of the Merced County Downtown Jail, from which he and 5 different inmates had escaped late Saturday night time, officers mentioned. It was unclear how he had been caught.
Mr. Ventura was transported again the to Merced County Sheriff’s Workplace on Tuesday, the office said in a statement. He’s now being held within the Merced County sheriff’s most important jail, based on jail data.
Mr. Ventura was being held on costs of possession of a firearm and violation of probation, based on officers. He’s now going through no less than one extra cost associated to the escape, according to jail records.
Phone and e mail messages left on Tuesday night time for the Merced County Sheriff’s Workplace weren’t instantly returned.
Officers are nonetheless on the lookout for the 5 different males, who vary in age from 19 to 22 and had been held on costs together with homicide, tried homicide and reckless driving. The sheriff’s workplace is providing a reward of as much as $5,000 per individual for any data resulting in the arrests of the escapees.
The jail employees seen on Sunday morning about 8:30 a.m. that the boys have been lacking, Sheriff Vern Warnke mentioned in a information convention on Sunday.
Based mostly on an preliminary investigation, he mentioned, officers imagine they escaped simply earlier than midnight.
The six males have been housed collectively in a nine-person cell contained in the jail’s gang housing unit. They have been final seen on video surveillance round 11:30 p.m., Sheriff Warnke mentioned.
After that point, the boys gained entry to the jail’s roof, the sheriff mentioned. From there, they used a rope made from braided bedsheets to scale a wall and landed about 20 ft down in an alley between the jail and one other constructing.
From there, the boys fled, and officers mentioned they didn’t anticipate the boys to remain collectively.
“This jail could be very antiquated,” the sheriff mentioned on the information convention, including that it “was not meant to deal with the kind of inmate that we’ve got now.”
The opposite males who escaped are Jorge Barron, 20; Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19; Manuel Allen Leon, 21; Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr., 21; and Fabian Cruz Roman, 22.
Mr. Roman has been charged with homicide. Mr. Coronado and Mr. Rodriguez have each been charged with tried homicide and capturing at an inhabited dwelling. Mr. Leon’s costs have been assault with a firearm, capturing at an inhabited dwelling and reckless driving. Mr. Barron had been charged with violating his probation.