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Six Prisoners Escape From Merced County Jail

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Photos: Merced County Sheriff’s Office

MERCED – Six prisoners escaped from the downtown county jail in Merced shortly before midnight Saturday, authorities said.

A press release from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the escapees were able to gain access to the roof of the facility and used a home made rope to climb down a wall. The release also stated a task force was formed to track down and apprehend the escaped suspects.

The suspects faced charges such as murder and attempted murder, among other charges. The release stated all should be considered armed and dangerous.

Below are the list of escapees along with their charges:

Jorge Barron – 20 years old Hispanic man. Five feet, five inches tall, 140lbs with black hair, brown eyes. He is from Atwater and charged with violation of probation.

Gabriel Francis Coronado – 19 years old Hispanic man. Five feet, ten inches tall, 225lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Atwater and charged with 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 years old Hispanic man. Five feet, ten inches tall, 165lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Vallejo and charged with assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, evading a peace officer, reckless driving, participation in a criminal street gang, and carrying a loaded firearm.

Andres Nunez Rodriguez Jr. – 21 year old Hispanic man. Five feet, seven inches tall, 145lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Planada and charged with attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participation in a criminal street gang, and felon in possession of a firearm.

Fabian Cruz Roman – 22 year old Hispanic man. Five feet, six inches tall, 145lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Los Banos and charged with murder.

Edgar Eduardo Ventura – 22 year old Hispanic man. Five feet, eleven inches tall, 129lbs with black hair and brown eyes. He is from Portland, Oregon and charged with participation in a criminal street gang, felon in possession of a firearm, and violation of probation.

Authorities urge anyone who may have knowledge regarding the whereabouts of the suspects to not approach them and call 911 immediately.

Carlos Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning photojournalist specializing in public safety and natural disasters. His passion for local news stems from a deep commitment to his community, with a selfless mission to inform the citizens of the valley. As he worked on assignment for 19 days at the devastating Camp Fire in Paradise, California, he spent most of his time helping survivors contact their loved ones to let them know they were ok. Carlos is a veteran of Univision, FOX, and Telemundo TV stations and a native of Modesto, California.

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Police Investigate Reported Shooting

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MODESTO – Police responded to a report of a person shot Thursday near a busy intersection.

Shortly before noon officers were called to a report of a shooting near the intersection of McHenry and Orangeburg Avenues.

Early reports indicate one person was found injured near a bus stop. Arriving first responders attempted life saving measures.

The parking lot of the Pep Boys/Advance Auto Parts was closed off as a crime scene along with Orangeburg Avenue east of McHenry Avenue. By 12:30, investigators were arriving on scene.

One person may have been detained, a second person may have ran to a hospital for care. Stay tuned for further details.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Modesto Police or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Investigated in South Modesto

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MODESTO – Emergency personnel responded to a report of a person shot Saturday night near Imperial Avenue.

Shortly before 10:00pm emergency personnel responded to the 100 block of Imperial Avenue for a report of a person shot. Arriving deputies located one person who was shot in a pathway between Imperial and Glenn. Fire and medical crews also responded to the scene.

There was no confirmed suspect information available at time of publication, but it was believed the person responsible fled the area on foot.

The area was taped off by deputies.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Shooting Investigated on Pacific Avenue

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STOCKTON – Officers with the Stockton Police Department investigated a report of a person shot late Thursday morning near Sherwood Mall.

The shooting happened at about 10:45am in the mall’s parking lot. Early reports indicate at least one person was struck by gunfire. The area was taped off and surrounding roadways were closed to traffic.

An alert from San Joaquin Delta College read as follows:

“Mustang Alert!: Police Activity at Mall – Shooting across from Stockton campus at the mall. Suspects fled away from campus. Delta is safe. Avoid Pacific Avenue.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-8377 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 946-0600 where callers can remain anonymous.

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