One of six inmates who used a homemade rope to escape a California prison over the weekend was arrested on Tuesday, officials said.
Edgar Ventura, 22 from Portland, Ore., Was “apprehended without incident” shortly after 3 p.m. in Firebaugh, about 30 miles south of the downtown Merced County jail, which he and five other inmates were holding. escaped on Saturday night, officials said. . We did not know how he had been caught.
Mr. Ventura was returned to the Merced County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, the office said in a statement. He is now being held in the Merced County Sheriff’s Main Jail, according to jail records.
Mr. Ventura was being held on charges of possession of a firearm and breach of probation, officials said. He now faces at least one additional charge related to the escape, according to prison records.
Phone and email messages left Tuesday night for the Merced County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately returned.
Authorities are still looking for the other five men, aged 19 to 22, jailed for murder, attempted murder and reckless driving. The sheriff’s office offers a reward of up to $ 5,000 per person for any information leading to the arrest of the escapees.
Prison staff noticed around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning that the men were missing, Sheriff Vern Warnke said at a press conference on Sunday.
Based on an initial investigation, he said, officials believe they escaped just before midnight.
The six men were housed together in a nine-person cell inside the prison’s gang accommodation. They were last seen under video surveillance around 11:30 p.m., Sheriff Warnke said.
After that time, the men were given access to the prison roof, the sheriff said. From there, they used a rope made of woven sheets to climb a wall and landed about 20 feet in an alley between the prison and another building.
From there, the men fled and officials said they did not expect the men to stay together.
“This prison is very outdated,” the sheriff said at the press conference, adding that it “was not intended to house the type of inmate we have now.”
The other men who escaped are Jorge Barron, 20; Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19; Manuel Allen Leon, 21; Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr., 21; and Fabian Cruz Roman, 22.
Mr. Roman has been charged with murder. Both Mr. Coronado and Mr. Rodriguez have been charged with attempted murder and shooting in an inhabited dwelling. Mr. Leon’s charges were assault with a firearm, gunfire at a residential dwelling and reckless driving. Mr. Barron had been accused of violating his probation.