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2 murder suspects on the run after escaping from the Monterey County Jail, $5,000 reward offered

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 10:35:18-05

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two murder suspects have escaped from central California's Monterey County Jail.

The county sheriff's office says in a tweet that the inmates escaped Sunday morning.

The tweet says Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, were in custody on suspicion of murder and other violent charges.

The sheriff's office says Fonseca is 5'7" and 150lbs. Salazar is 5'7 and 170lbs. Both are Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. They have been in custody since 2018.

Officials say an investigation is underway to determine their means of escape. The agency also says if you see the men to call 911 immediately. Do not approach them as they are considered dangerous.

A call seeking additional details from sheriff's officials was not immediately returned.

Monterey is a city of about 28,000 people on the central coast, 100 miles south of San Francisco.