One of the two murder suspects who escaped from a California prison at the weekend by escaping through a two-foot hole in their bathroom ceiling was reportedly seen in a motel on Tuesday but disappeared before the police arrived.
Santos Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, escaped from the Monterey County prison in Salinas in the early hours of Sunday, but yesterday Salazar was seen in a room in Motel 6, located in the neighboring town of Marina, just eight miles away.
After eight hours from authorities trying to contact the escaped, a SWAT team deployed a flash grenade and a K9 unit to plunder what turned out to be an empty motel room.
Although there was no sign of Salazar, the television was still on and a small trash can was emptied on the counter. The police say that they do not know in advance whether someone else was with the prisoner.
Santos Fonseca (right), 21, and Jonathan Salazar (left), 20, escaped from the Monterey County prison in Salinas, Northern California in the early hours of Sunday after creating a small escape hatch in the shower area of their prison block
Yesterday Salazar was traced to a room in Motel 6, located in the city of Marina, more than 100 miles outside of San Francisco
Although there was no sign of Salazar, the television was still on and a small trash can was emptied on the counter. The police say that they do not know in advance whether someone else was with the prisoner
Delegates responded to the motel room at 11:30 am yesterday after a motel employee called 911 to report that Salazar was staying on the property.
A little less than 48 hours earlier, Salazar and Fonseca managed to escape through a hole in the roof of the bathroom of their cell at the adult detention facility in the neighboring town of Salinas. Both men had been imprisoned since 2018 and were awaiting trial for unrelated murder counts.
"We searched the room and it's not there," said Captain John Thornburg of the Monterey County sheriff's office. Kpix TV. "I am convinced that nobody left the motel after we arrived here, so the time between those who called and we came here, he apparently left."
"We are convinced that he was here, okay, from the witness or the person who conducted the interviews we conducted," he continued. "It is disappointing. I mean, we've been here for hours and you know, people are waiting and we are trying to do everything we can to find this person with the other gentleman and take him into custody. & # 39;
Authorities have evacuated the motel and a nearby restaurant while attempting to connect with Salazar through a loudspeaker for eight hours.
Police SWAT was deployed on stage at 6 pm and used a megaphone to call in both English and Spanish for "All occupants of room 235, come up with your hands."
Police SWAT was deployed on stage at 6 pm and used a megaphone to call in both English and Spanish for "All occupants of room 235, come up with your hands"
A little less than 48 hours earlier, Salazar and Fonseca managed to escape through a hole in the roof of the bathroom of their cell in the prison of Monterey County (above) in the neighboring town of Salinas. Both men had been imprisoned since 2018 and were awaiting trial for unrelated murder counts
An hour later the flash bang was used and the room was empty. A K9 police unit searched the rest of the building, but the search yielded no suspects.
On Monday, the Monterey Country Sheriff's office released a series of photos showing how the couple went through the jail – what started when they made the small hole in the bathroom ceiling in their block.
Sheriff Captain John Thornburg said that Fonseca and Salazar used a & # 39; blind spot & # 39; in the shower room and managed to squeeze through the small opening they had made – only 22 centimeters wide.
After they entered the ceiling, the couple crawled through a 14-inch wall space and maneuvered along channels and pipes in a maintenance access area until they reached a hatch.
The pair & # 39; kicked & # 39; the hatch opened and reached an outside space covered with building fences before they fled the prison grounds.
Researchers have not yet determined how long they have worked to make the hole or whether someone else has helped them escape. They were reported missing for the first time at 8.15 am on Sunday.
Both Fonseca and Salazar remain on the flight from Wednesday morning.
The couple had made a hole eight centimeters long and 22 centimeters wide (photo) in the blind spot of the guards and then slid into the walls of the prison, the authorities said
Fonseca and Salazr used a & # 39; blind spot & # 39; in the shower area, where they managed to squeeze through the small opening – only 22 inches wide (photo)
Upon entering the ceiling, the couple crawled through a 14-inch wall space and maneuvered along channels and pipes in a maintenance access area
The couple then kicked through this escape hatch before they ran to freedom
Fonseca and Salazar had been behind bars since last year and in various cases were waiting for a trial of murder counts and & # 39; numerous other charges & # 39 ;.
Fonseca is accused of photographing Lorenzo Gomez Acosta, 37, last June while the victim was in his car on a video call with his wife, the Californian reported.
The woman saw a scuffle, heard her husband & # 39; no & # 39; shouting and then shooting gunshots, witness Salinas police officer Froylan Aranda during a preliminary hearing in March.
Fonseca told the police that his gang leader told him to kill someone to prove that he was still loyal to the & # 39; Boronda gang & # 39 ;, said Detective Gabriela Contreras.
Acosta was reportedly chosen at random.
Three days later, Fonseca reportedly shot Ernesto Garcia Cruz, 27, in a park in Salinas. He told the police that the gang leader had also ordered the murder and that he had chosen his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend & # 39; to send him a message & # 39 ;, said Contreras.
Salazar was arrested in connection with the death of Jaime Martinez, 20, who was shot while driving with his girlfriend and 18-month-old son in Salinas.
Officers said during the provisional hearing of Salazar earlier this year that his tattoos, including the letter P on his cheek, refer to his Sureno sucker gang, La Posada Trece. His trial would begin in January.
The office of the Monterey County sheriff offers a $ 5,000 reward for information leading to the arrests of the fugitives.
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