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Six inmates used rope to escape, officials say

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Authoritie­s in Central California on Sunday were searching for six inmates who used a “homemade rope” to escape from a county jail, sheriff ’s officials said.

All six should be considered armed and dangerous, the Merced County Sheriff ’s Office said in a news release.

Staff at Merced County’s downtown jail noticed late Saturday that the inmates were missing, the release said.

“A preliminar­y investigat­ion has determined that the inmates were able to gain access to the roof of the facility and utilize a homemade rope to scale down the side of the jail,” the sheriff ’s office said.

Anyone who spots the escaped inmates is asked to call 911.

They were identified as Jorge Barron, 20, of Atwater, Calif.; Gabriel F. Coronado, 19, of Atwater; Manuel A. Leon, 21, of Vallejo, Calif.; Andres Nuñez Rodriguez Jr., 21, of Planada, Calif.; Fabian Cruz Roman, 22, of Los Banos, Calif.; and Edgar E. Ventura, 22, of Portland, Ore.

Roman is facing a murder charge. Coronado and Rodriguez face charges including attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, participat­ing in a criminal street gang and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Ventura is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, participat­ing in a criminal street gang and violating probation.

Leon is charged with assault with a firearm, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, reckless driving to evade an officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating probation.

Barron faces a probation violation charge.

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