Two 'armed and dangerous' murder suspects escape California jail, authorities announce $5,000 reward for information
Santos Fonseca, 21, was being held on a $2.25 million bail for murder in connection with the shooting of two people, while Jonathan Salazar, 20, was awaiting trial on unrelated murder counts 'along with numerous other felony charges'.
Officials are still trying to determine how two murder suspects escaped from a central California jail on Sunday. According to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, the public must be alert and consider the fugitives possibly armed and dangerous.
The sheriff's office reported that the escape from the county's Adult Detention Facility took place early Sunday morning. However, authorities are yet to release further details about how they managed to escape the facility, CNN reports.
Santos Fonseca, 21, one of the escapees, was being held on a $2.25 million bail for murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two people in a "gang-related" incident in early June 2018.
On the other hand, 20-year-old Jonathan Salazar was awaiting trial on unrelated murder counts "along with numerous other felony charges," per a sheriff's statement.
He was arrested in July 2018 with a 15-year-old boy in connection with a deadly shooting in October 2017.
"An investigation is underway to determine their means of escape but, at this time, we can provide no details on that topic," the statement said. "Our focus and resources are dedicated to locating and returning Fonseca and Salazar to custody."
That said, authorities have announced a reward of $5,000 if any information leads to their arrest.
According to the police description, both men are five-feet-seven-inches (1.7 meters) tall, have black hair, and brown eyes. Fonseca weighs 150 pounds (68 kilograms), while Salazar weighs 170 pounds (77 kilograms).
"If you see these men, call 911 immediately," the statement said. "Do not approach them as they are considered dangerous."
The city of Monterey is located on California's central coast about 100 miles south of San Francisco. It has a population of just 28,000 people.
Having said that, the sheriff's office is now urging the public to call them at (831) 755-3722, which works 24 hours a day, if they have any information pertaining to the two suspects. Besides, callers can remain anonymous if they would like to submit tips. They can do so on the department's confidential tip line on (888) 833-4847.