Six Inmates Escape California Jail


Preston Sewell

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, six inmates escaped from a California Jail using a  homemade rope made from braided bed sheets. A quick investigation shows that the inmates got access to the roof of the facility and then used the homemade rope to get down the outer wall of the jail.

The California Jail where the inmates escaped from was named to be, “Merced County Jail,” located in Central California. The inmates were discovered to be missing on Sunday morning when officers inside of the jail followed a procedure known as a headcount, where officers make sure that all inmates who are supposed to be there are in the jail. 

The six men were housed in a cell located in the gang housing unit, where it held nine inmates. The men were assumed to have gained access to the roof around the times of 11:30 on Saturday evening, to the time of 8:30 am on Sunday morning.

The inmates made their homemade rope from braided bed sheets, which they used to scale down the 20 foot wall of the jail into an alleyway between the facility and another building.

As of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, only one of the six inmates have been found. This man was arrested on sight when found nearly 35 miles south of the jail that he had escaped from. The man didn’t resist arrest and was easily detained and put into police custody.

The other known men that have escaped are between the ages of 19 to 22 years old, and all have varying charges. These charges range between murder, attempted murder, and reckless driving. As of this writing, Thursday, January 14, 2021, this is all the news that has been publicly released on the situation.