Escaped murder suspect apparently dodges police, exits motel hideout: cops

One of two murder suspects who escaped a central California jail over the weekend was believed to have been noticed at a motel on Tuesday however apparently managed to flee earlier than police arrived, a report stated.

After about eight hours of attempting to make contact with the escapee believed inside a Motel 6 within the city of Marina, situated about 110 miles south of San Francisco, police SWAT deployed a flash grenade and raided what turned out to be an empty motel room, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office stated.


Deputies responded to the motel round 11:30 a.m. after an worker reported that 20-year-old Jonathan Salazar was hiding out within the constructing, San Francisco’s KPIX-TV reported.

Salazar, together with 21-year-old Santos Fonseca, on Sunday escaped by way of a gap within the roof of a cell’s rest room on the Adult Detention Facility within the neighboring city of Salinas. Both males had been jailed since 2018 and had been awaiting trial on unrelated murder counts.

“We’ve searched the room and he is not here,” Capt. John Thornburg of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office informed KPIX-TV. “I’m confident nobody left the motel after we got here, so that time between them calling and us getting here he apparently did leave.”

“We have a strong belief that he was here, OK, from the witness or the person that called, the interviews we conducted,” he continued. “It’s disappointing, I mean we’ve been out here for hours, and you know, people are waiting and we’re trying to do everything we can to locate this person along with the other gentleman and take him into custody.”

Authorities evacuated the motel and a close-by restaurant whereas the scene unfolded. Police SWAT arrived by 6 p.m. and used a bullhorn to name out each in English and Spanish “All occupants of room 235, come out with your hands up,” Oakland, Calif.’s Internet2 reported. 

They deployed a flash grenade round 7 p.m. earlier than raiding the resort room.  The police K9 unit used canine to go looking the remainder of the constructing.

On Sunday, Salazar and Fonseca made a gap measuring about eight inches tall and 22 inches huge in a toilet ceiling of their jail’s housing unit, simply throughout the guards’ blind spot. The two then slipped into the jail’s partitions, maneuvering previous ducts and pipes in a upkeep entry space till they reached an escape hatch, authorities stated. Both are thought of armed and harmful.

Salazar was arrested in reference to the October 2017 taking pictures loss of life of 20-year-old Jaime Martinez. Martinez was fatally shot whereas he was driving in Salinas along with his girlfriend and 18-month-old son, the Californian newspaper in Salinas reported. The girl was additionally shot and handled at a hospital, whereas the kid wasn’t harm. Police investigated the case as gang-related.


Fonseca is accused of taking pictures Lorenzo Gomez Acosta, 37, to loss of life on June 2, 2018, whereas the sufferer sat in his automobile on a video name along with his spouse in Mexico, the newspaper reported. Fonseca informed police that his gang chief informed him to kill somebody to show he was nonetheless loyal to the “Boronda gang,” Detective Gabriela Contreras testified. Acosta was reportedly chosen at random.

Three days later, Fonseca allegedly shot and killed Ernesto Garcia Cruz, 27, in a Salinas park. Authorities stated he informed police that the gang chief additionally ordered the slaying and that he picked his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend “to send him a message,” in accordance with the newspaper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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