5 inmates escape from Madera County jail near Fresno

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Left to right: Juan Lopez, Abel Ramos, Ricardo Cendejas, Roel Soliz, and Jorge Lopez-Diaz.
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FRESNO, Calif. -- The search is on for five inmates who escaped from the Madera County Department of Corrections.

The inmates escaped around 9:15 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart. She added that the escape was a physical breach, not a violent breach.

Authorities are looking for Juan Lopez, 33, Abel Ramos, 25, Ricardo Cendejas, 19, Roel Soliz, 29, and Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26.

Initially, officials said that one inmate -- Juan Lopez -- had escaped on Friday night. However, they announced on Saturday that four other inmates also broke out.

The inmates were issued orange jail jumpsuits, blue-and-white shirts, white tube socks and orange Crocs.

All five men should be considered armed and dangerous, Stuart said.

Anyone with information on the inmates' whereabouts is urged to call the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7770.

PHOTOS: Escaped Madera County inmates

Juan Lopez was in custody for the following charges:

Attempted murder

Parole violation

Strong armed robbery

Probation violation

Abel Ramos was in custody for the following charges:

Attempted murder of a peace officer

Recklessly evading a peace officer


Felon in possession of a firearm

Probation violation

Receiving stolen property

Carrying a concealed weapon

Carrying a loaded firearm

Ricardo Cendejas was in custody for the following charges:

Attempted murder

Armed robbery

Strong arm robbery


Promoting/assisting further felonious acts with a street gang

Roel Soliz was in custody for the following charges:

Parole violation


Probation violation

Possession of a controlled substance

Jorge Lopez-Diaz was in custody for the following charges:

Strong arm robbery

Interfering with an officer

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