Authorities in California arrested three of the six men who escaped from a county jail Sunday, allegedly by using a homemade rope to scale down its walls.
On Tuesday afternoon, deputies with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22-year-old Edgar Ventura without incident in the city of Firebaugh, about 35 miles south of the Merced County Jail, the office said in a statement. Later that day, authorities said they apprehended Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, and Andres Nunez, 21, without incident in the San Diego area.
Venturo was in custody for possession of a firearm and violation of probation, Roman for murder charges, and Rodriguez for attempted murder charges and possession of a firearm.
The six inmates, all 19 to 22 years old, were first reported missing from their cells earlier this week, the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Investigators said the men gained access to the roof of the facility where they used a “homemade rope to scale down the side of the jail,” the sheriff’s office said.
The three remaining inmates are: Jorge Barron, 20; Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19; and Manuel Allen Leon, 21.
The sheriff’s office said Monday that a task force was formed to track down the fugitives, including the United States Marshals Service, the Department of Justice and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
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The agency is offering a reward of up to $5,000 per person for information leading to the arrest of the escapees, who are believed to be “armed and dangerous,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Merced is a city with almost 85,000 people, about 115 miles east of San Jose.