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2 Merced County Jail escapees arrested in San Diego, 3 others still on the run

Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, and Andres Nunez Rodriguez, 21, were arrested in the San Diego Area around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.

Update 10 p.m.:

MERCED, Calif. -- Two inmates who escaped from the Merced County Jail on Saturday night have been captured, the sheriff’s office said.

Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, and Andres Nunez Rodriguez, 21, were arrested in the San Diego Area around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said. Both men are being transported back to Merced County.

Roman was in jail on murder charges and Rodriguez for attempted murder, according to the sheriff’s office.

Three of the other escapees are still on the run. A tip line has been established by the US Marshal’s Service and a reward of up to $5,000 per escapee is being offered for any information leading to their arrests. To contact the tip line, call 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or visit the U.S. Marshall website link HERE.

Original:

Merced County Sheriff's Office is looking for six inmates who escaped from jail just before midnight on Saturday night. 

The sheriff's office said that jail staff noticed the six inmates were missing from their cell around that same time, according to a Facebook post. A preliminary investigation showed that the inmates were able to get access to the roof of the jail and used "homemade rope to scale down the side of the jail."

The Merced County Sheriff's Office created a task force to search for and catch the escaped inmates and are working with the United States Marshalls Services and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Special Services Unit to catch the six escaped inmates. They are asking anyone with information on the inmates' whereabouts to call 9-1-1 immediately. They are also saying to not approach them as they are considered armed and dangerous.

A tip line was set up by the U.S. Marshalls Service and they are even offering a reward of up to $5,000 per inmate if anyone has information that leads to their capture.

To contact the tip line, call 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or visit the U.S. Marshall website link HERE.

The wanted inmates:

  • Jorge Barron, 20
  • Gabriel Francis Coronado, 19
  • Manuel Allen Leon, 21
  • Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr., 21
  • Fabian Cruz Roman, 22
  • Edgar Eduardo Ventura, 22

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story claimed the reward was $5 million per inmate. That has since been corrected. 

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