AMAZING! Murder Suspects Breaks Jail Through 22-Inche Hole

Santos Samuel Fonseca (L) and Jonathan Salazar (R), the murder suspects who escaped from a jail in Monterey County The US Police have released images showing how two murder suspects pulled off a surprising jail break in California.

Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, crawled through a 22in (55cm) hole they cut in a toilet ceiling at the jail in the city of Salinas, south of San Francisco.

The local sheriff’s office said the men had exploited a “blind spot”.

The two were awaiting trial for separate murder charges when they escaped on Sunday.

The 22in (55cm) wide hole the murder suspects cut and crawled through at the jail in Monterey CountyThe 22in (55cm) wide hole

Authorities are searching for the fugitives who are considered armed and dangerous.

The sheriff’s office is offering a $5,000 (£3,800) reward for information about the suspects’ whereabouts.

How did the suspects escape?

The suspects bored the hole in a toilet where prison guards could not see them, officials said.

The hole was wide enough for Mr Fonseca and Mr Salazar, both 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall, to climb through.

A picture showing a hole in the ceiling of a jail's toilet, where two suspects climbed through

The opening led to a maintenance area filled with ducts and pipes.

The suspects crawled through this space – said to be 11in wide in parts – until they reached a hatch, which they forced open and escaped through.

The maintenance area where two suspects crawled throughThe hatch was at the back of the jail, where there was no security fencing with barbed wire, authorities said.

What are the charges against the men?

The two suspects were arrested and charged last year in connection with separate murder cases, authorities said.

The hatch through which the suspects escapedMr Fonseca is accused of killing Lorenzo Gomez Acosta, 37, and Ernesto Garcia Cruz, 27 four days apart in June 2018.

Mr Salazar is accused of shooting dead Jaime Martinez, 20, in October 2017.

Both men have pleaded not guilty.

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