YAKIMA, Wash. – Authorities in Yakima Washington, say they have captured two of the four remaining inmates who escaped yesterday from the county jail.
Corrections Department spokesman Ken Rink says one of the men is 20-year-old Santos Luera, who is awaiting trial on a charge of fatally shooting his half-brother during an argument.
Rink says the other inmate has been identified as 25-year-old Terry Moser, charged with assault.
Nine maximum security inmates used a rope made of bedsheets to escape from the Yakima County Jail yesterday. Five were quickly apprehended before they could leave the jail grounds.
The inmates apparently escaped shortly after 5 p.m. Friday through the ceiling of a cell in their unit, on the top floor of the four-story main jail, and gained access to the roof, Rink said.
From that roof, they used bed sheets to slide down to the roof of the adjacent one-story jail annex, then jumped to the ground.
One inmate was recaptured on the main jail roof, three were caught on the annex roof and a corrections officer spotted the fifth standing on the ground and tackled him, Rink said.
No injuries were reported.
Detectives were interviewing inmates Friday night and the jail was in lockdown, Rink said.
The jail, which housed 826 inmates before the jailbreak, is located near the old train station in downtown Yakima.
The inmates still missing were identified as Luis Soto, 28, of Toppenish, and Gianno Alaimo, 26, of Yakima. Soto was facing trial Jan. 3 on a second-degree theft charge. Alaimo was charged with assault, Rink said.
Four inmates escaped the main jail on June 5, 1994, by ramming a hole in the fourth-floor ceiling, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. They made their way through ductwork to a roof vent, then used another bedsheet rope to reach the annex roof. The makeshift rope broke, injuring two inmates who fell. Two of the inmates fled to Mexico, where one of them was killed in a gunfight; the other was eventually captured.