Feds Capture Two Escaped Inmates at U.S-Mexico Border

Two murder suspects who escaped through a hole they cut in a bathroom ceiling at the Monterey County Jail were arrested by federal border patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border after several days on the run.

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The hole the inmates cut was 22 inches long and 8 inches wide, sheriff's officials said.
The hole the inmates cut was 22 inches long and 8 inches wide, sheriff's officials said.
Monterey County Sheriff's Office

MONTEREY COUNTY, Californa -- Two murder suspects who escaped through a hole they cut in a bathroom ceiling at the Monterey County Jail were arrested by federal border patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border after several days on the run, officials said Wednesday.

Santos Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. The pair had been serving time since 2018 on murder and other violent charges when they cut a hole in a bathroom ceiling to escape Sunday morning.


The two were arrested when they attempted to re-enter the U.S. from Tijuana by walking across the border with Mexico, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said at a news conference.

Late Tuesday, officials received a tip that one of the inmates might be staying at a Motel 6 in Marina and law enforcement surrounded the lodging, according to reports. Neither suspect was found.

No details about the arrest have been officially released.

Anna Bauman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: anna.bauman@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @abauman2

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