California inmates escaped through a hole they cut in the ceiling, sheriff’s office says

Written by on November 4, 2019

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Santos Fonseca, left, and Jonathan Salazar were awaiting trial on unrelated murder charges and other felonies when they escpaed from the Monterey County Adult Detention Facility, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said.

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 sheet rock 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.

Santos Fonseca and Jonathan Salazar, both 19, had been in custody since 2018 and were awaiting trial on unrelated murder counts “along with numerous other felony charges,” a sheriff’s statement said. They escaped from the Monterey County Jail November 3, 2019.

Santos Samuel Fonseca and Jonathan Salazar cut a hole in a bathroom ceiling to escape the Monterey County Adult Detention Facility, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Monterey County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday

****UPDATE: CASH REWARD BEING OFFERED****

We are offering a $5,000.00 reward on information that leads to the capture of these individuals.

A press conference will be held by the department tomorrow at 12:00 PM.

COMMUNITY ALERT: TWO INMATES ESCAPE COUNTY JAIL

We need the public’s help to be on the lookout for two men who escaped the Monterey County Adult Detention Facility early this morning.

21-year old Santos Samuel Fonseca and 20-year old Jonathan Salazar where both awaiting trial on unrelated murder charges along with numerous other felony charges.

Fonseca is 5’7” and 150lbs. Salazar is 5’7 and 170lbs. Both are Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. Both have been in custody since 2018.

An investigation is underway to determine their means of escape but, at this time, we can provide no details on that topic. Our focus, and resources, are dedicated to locating and returning Fonseca and Salazar to custody.

Take a good look at the attached photographs. If you see these men, call 911 immediately. Do not approach them as they are considered dangerous. Please contact our office at 831-755-3722, 24 hours a day, with any information you may have. Tips can also be submitted to our We Tip line by calling (888) 833-4847. You can remain anonymous.

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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