Two inmates who were charged with murder broke out of a California prison over the weekend after climbing through a hole they created in a bathroom ceiling of their housing unit and then squeezing through a wall before discovering an escape hatch, authorities told on Monday.
Customs and Border Protection officials detained the duo, authorities declared on Wednesday morning.
Santos Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, create the hole measuring around 8in (20cm ) tall and 22in (56cm) wide in the guards’ blind spot and then slipped into the walls of the prison on Sunday in the city of Salinas, Capt John Thornburg of Monterey county sheriff’s department, told.
Inside the wall, the two inmates manoeuvred past ducts and pipes in a maintenance access area until they arrived at a hatch. They kicked it open and made it to an outdoor space that was covered in construction fencing, rather than security fencing with barbed wire, Thornburg told.
Investigators have not yet discovered how long they operated on creating the hole or if anyone else supported them escape the prison in the farming city of around 160,000 people roughly 100 miles (160km) south of San Francisco. They were listed missing at 8.15 am on Sunday, Thornburg told.
Fonseca and Salazar had been in prison since last year and were awaiting trial on murder counts and “numerous other felony charges” in different cases, authorities told.
Fonseca is cited of shooting Lorenzo Gomez Acosta, 37, to death on 2 June 2018 in Mexico.
Fonseca informed the police that his gang leader ordered him to murder someone to show he was still loyal to the “Boronda gang”.
Three days later, Fonseca shot and killed Ernesto Garcia Cruz, 27, in a Salinas park, authorities claim. He told police that the gang leader also ordered the slaying and that he picked his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend “to give him a message”, Contreras stated.
Salazar was detained in the death of Jaime Martinez, 20 as the victim drove in Salinas with his girlfriend and 18-month-old son. The woman was shot and brought to a hospital, while the child was unhurt. Police examined the October 2017 shooting as gang-related. His trial was listed to start in January.