U.S. Marshals Service offering reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to arrests

Crime
February 07 2021 03:30 pm

MERCED, Calif. (KSEE) – Six inmates are still on the loose after they escaped from the Merced County Jail on Saturday night. The county Sheriff’s Office is now working with several agencies at the local, state and federal level to try to arrest them.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering an award of up to $5,000 per inmate for any information that leads to their arrests. That tip line is 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or you can visit the website https://www.usmarshals.gov/tips/index.html.

The Merced County Sherriff’s Office says the inmates should be considered armed and dangerous.

County Sheriff Vern Warnke said at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, the six inmates gained access to the roof and climbed down the 20-foot wall using a rope made of bed sheets. They came down onto the alleyway and then escaped.

“I’m not very happy about the timeline,” Warnke said.

He said officers didn’t discover they were missing until around 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, about 8 hours after they had escaped.

“We’re going to be in the middle of an administrative investigation to find out how this went down and if any of the protocols were violated,” Warnke said. “We do have officers walking up and down the cell blocks but we are no longer allowed to wake them up because they deemed it necessary to have a whole night’s sleep.”

The Sheriff’s Office is now working with several agencies including the U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Special Services Unit.

“I was just kind of in shock,” said Crystal Pérez, a nursing student at Merced College. “Hopefully they can tighten up their security because that’s kind of scary.”

Warnke said if someone in the community sees any of the escapees, they should not approach them but instead should call the County Sheriff’s Office.

He said they have information on where they could possible be headed and he doesn’t believe they stuck together.

The inmates were in the gang housing unit, Warnke said.

Their age and what they were in jail for are as follows:

Jorge Barrón, 20, a Hispanic male adult, 5’05” 140lbs, black hair, and brown eyes, from Atwater. Barron’s current charges are a violation of probation.

Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19, Hispanic male adult, 5’10”, 225lbs, black hair, brown eyes, from Atwater. Current charges include attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participation in a criminal street gang, felon in possession of a firearm, and violation of probation.

Manuel Allen Leon, 21, Hispanic male adult, 5’10” 165lbs, black hair, brown eyes, from Vallejo. Leon’s charges include assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, evade peace officer – reckless driving, participation in a criminal street gang, and carrying a loaded firearm.

Andrés Nunez Rodríguez Jr, 21, Hispanic male adult, 5’07”, 145lbs, black hair, brown eyes, from Planada. Rodriguez’s Current Charges are attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participation in a criminal street gang, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Fabián Cruz Román, 22, Hispanic male adult, 5’06”, 145lbs, black hair, brown eyes, from Los Banos. Roman’s current charges are murder.

Eduardo Edgar Ventura, 22, Hispanic male adult, 5’11”, 129lbs, black hair, brown eyes from Portland, Oregon. Current Charges is felon in possession of a firearm, participation in a criminal street gang, and violation of probation.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383
Email: OnYourSide@cbsfresno.com

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.