Salinas, Calif. — The public is being asked to be on the lookout for two men who escaped the Monterey County Adult Detention Facility early Sunday morning.
21-year old Santos Samuel Fonseca and 20-year old Jonathan Salazar where both awaiting trial on unrelated murder charges along with numerous other felony charges.
Fonseca is 5’7” and 150lbs. Salazar is 5’7 and 170lbs. Both are Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. Both have been in custody since 2018.
“An investigation is underway to determine their means of escape but, at this time, we can provide no details on that topic,” the department said. “Our focus, and resources, are dedicated to locating and returning Fonseca and Salazar to custody.”
ABC News reported: Fonseca and Salazar were able to create a hole about 22 inches wide in the ceiling above a bathroom in their housing unit, which enabled them to climb in and work their way through.
On the other side of the bathroom wall, which is a space that houses pipes for plumbing, they kicked in a hatch that led to the outside. Since the jail is under construction, the outdoor area was covered in construction fencing, rather than security fencing with barbed wire, and the two were able to leave the jail’s grounds.
The vulnerability is unique to the unit that the pair was being housed in, and maintenance crews are currently addressing how to fix it.
If you see these men, call 911 immediately. Do not approach them as they are considered dangerous.