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Jail Bathroom Had a Blind Spot. 2 Murder Suspects Found It

Search is on for Santos Fonseca, Jonathan Salazar in California
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2019 8:22 AM CST
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This photo shows a hole cut into the ceiling and the area that Santos Fonseca and Jonathan Salazar escaped from in the county jail in Salinas, Calif.   (Monterey County Sheriff's Office via AP)
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(Newser) – Two murder suspects have yet to be found three days after they escaped from a California jail through a small hole. Awaiting trial on separate murder charges, Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, are believed to have escaped Monterey County Jail in Salinas on Sunday by climbing through an 8-inch by 22-inch hole cut in the ceiling of a bathroom used by 11 inmates, per CBS San Francisco. Guards could see into the bathroom in a jail housing unit through a series of windows, but the hole was cut in what authorities described as a "blind spot," immediately beside the viewing area, per the BBC. After easing past sheet rock and a metal screen, the pair are believed to have maneuvered through a pipe-filled passage less than a foot wide.

They then forced open a hatch at the back of the jail, where barbed wire had been removed as part of a construction project. The hatch "was covered by construction fencing not security fencing" but "maintenance crews are addressing it and making sure that that cannot happen again," says a rep for the sheriff's office, which is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the suspects' capture. Salazar, accused in an October 2017 shooting death, was spotted at a Motel 6 some 13 miles from the jail on Tuesday but had fled before authorities arrived, per CBS. Like Salazar, Fonseca—accused of killing two people within four days in June 2018—is considered armed and dangerous. (Read more escaped criminal stories.)

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