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Six Prisoners Escape From Merced County Jail

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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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Bomb Squad Called to Mobile Home Park

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STANISLAUS COUNTY – The Stanislaus County Sheriff Bomb Squad responded to a mobile home park Wednesday afternoon for a report of a suspicious package.

The incident happened on the 8000 block of Jantzen Road. Sheriff deputies responded and temporarily closed off access to the park and evacuated neighboring homes.

The Sheriff Bomb Squad later determined the package to be a box of magnets wrapped in leather. The box was delivered to the residence, however no one had ordered it, according to authorities at the scene.

By 3:15pm, access to the park was re-opened to residents.

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Shooting Victim Expected to Survive

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HUGHSON – Authorities investigated a shooting that injured a 27 year old man Monday afternoon.

The shooting happened shortly before 1:00pm at a mobile home park on Nunes Road, just outside of Keyes. Early reports indicated an argument between a man and a woman had taken place. The report also indicated that the man was trying to enter the woman’s home and she was being attacked.

Deputies found the man in the driveway of the residence suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and was expected to survive.

The involved woman received minor injuries. Authorities do not believe she is the shooter in the case.

Crime scene technicians and investigators responded to examine the scene and gather evidence, however no suspect identity was available Monday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Esquivez at (209) 567-4466 or Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 where callers can remain anonymous.

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Authorities Capture Amber Alert Suspect Wanted for Murder

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY – Authorities on Saturday announced the capture of D Angelo Webb after acting on a tip.

Webb was arrested after five hours of negotiation with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. A community tip was credited in helping locate Webb on Ambrose Avenue in the city of Bay Point.

Residents in the home where Webb was found were evacuated, while authorities negotiated for his surrender.

Webb was wanted for the murder of 24 year old Brandi Hornsby and attempted murder of her mother. Authorities allege that Webb stabbed Hornsby’s mother on the 3900 block of East Fremont Street in Stockton. Hornsby was found deceased in the home.

An Amber Alert was issued the night of the attack for six week old Ggiana Webb. The child was located safe with a relative within a couple hours the same night.

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