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Considered Armed and Very Dangerous': The Hunt for Five Inmates Who Escaped From California Jail


"We don't know how they got away..."

Image source: KPIX-TV via Madera County Department of Corrections

SAN FRANCISCO (TheBlaze/AP) — Authorities were on the hunt Saturday for five men who escaped from a central California jail.

The men broke out of the Madera County lockup late Friday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said. The inmates were gone for about an hour before corrections officers discovered they were missing around 9:15 p.m., she said.

Authorities from across the state were looking for Juan Lopez, 33, Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26, Abel Ramos, 25, Ricardo Cendejas, 19, all of Madera and Roel Soliz, 29, of Chowchilla.

Image source: KPIX-TV via Madera County Department of Corrections Image source: KPIX-TV via Madera County Department of Corrections

According to KGO-TV in San Francisco, the escapees were in custody for:


Attempted murder

Parole violation

Strong armed robbery

Probation violation


Attempted murder

Recklessly evading a peace officer


Felon in possession of a firearm

Probation violation

Receiving stolen property

Carrying a concealed weapon

Carrying a loaded firearm


Attempted murder

Armed robbery

Strong arm robbery


Promoting/assisting further felonious acts with a street gang


Parole violation


Probation violation

Possession of a controlled substance


Strong arm robbery

Interfering with an officer

"We don't know how they got away, all we know is that they took off on foot," Stuart said. "We're looking for them. They should all be considered armed and very dangerous."

The men were last seen wearing either orange jumpsuits or white T-shirts with blue shorts and orange jail-issued sandals. It is not clear whether they knew or were associated with each other prior to their arrests, Stuart said.

The jail is operated by the Madera County Department of Corrections, Stuart said.

The corrections department was not immediately available for comment.

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