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Sheriff: 2 murder suspects that escaped California jail arrested by federal officials

Authorities say two murder suspects who escaped from a California jail have been arrested by federal officials.

Posted: Nov 5, 2019 4:43 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2019 11:32 AM

UPDATE 9:47 a.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Authorities say two murder suspects who escaped from a California jail have been arrested by federal officials.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office says in a tweet 20-year-old Jonathan Salazar and 21-year-old Santos Fonseca were arrested by Customs and Border Protection officials.

It says it will have more information at a news conference later Wednesday morning.

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UPDATE 4:34 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - A heavy law enforcement presence was spotted in Marina as police responded to reports of one of the escaped inmates from the Monterey County Jail.

According to KSBW, Deputies said they believe they have confirmed a spotting of one of the escaped inmates. They are unsure if there are any weapons or if he is alone.

Parts of the motel have been evacuated.

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MARINA, Calif. - The two inmates who escaped a Northern California jail Sunday cut a hole in the ceiling of their building, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office said.

Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, identified a blind spot in their housing unit of the Monterey County Adult Detention Facility and cut through the sheetrock and metal screen to make a 22-inch hole in the bathroom ceiling, Capt. John Thornburg, a sheriff's office spokesman, told reporters Monday.

The inmates climbed through the ceiling and came down through a hatch that leads to a back door, he said. It appears they kicked the back door open and left the jail on foot, Thornburg said.

Employees were not involved in helping the men escape, Thornburg said.

Authorities are looking for the two inmates. They should be considered armed and dangerous, the sheriff's office said.

The men were awaiting trial on unrelated murder charges and felony offenses, authorities said. The department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to their capture.

Monterey County is south of San Jose, on the Pacific coast.

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