Police search for inmates after escape from Yakima County Jail

  • Police search for inmates after escape from Yakima County Jail

Police search for inmates after escape from Yakima County Jail

"ALERT! Several prisoners have escaped from the Yakima County Jail in Downtown Yakima", said a Facebook post from the city of Yakima on Monday night.

All 14 inmates controlled to flee Annex C in the Yakima County Jail via the use of a desk to damage open an external fireplace door and fleeing at round 7:10 p.m. on Monday, March 23.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered the state's more than 7 million residents to stay home unless they are essential workers to blunt the spread of COVID-19, which has killed almost 600 people in the United States and has infected more than 46,000.

The Yakima County sheriff's office is leading the investigation. "The actual number of inmates unaccounted for is unknown", said a tweet from the department.

Six of the inmates were captured while another six are still on the loose.

According to the Yakima Police Department, a majority of the escaped inmates had been remaining observed dressed in a inexperienced blouse and darkish inexperienced trousers.

The sheriff's office released a photograph of the type of jail clothes the suspects were wearing when they escaped.

"And we need your help to get these guys back in custody".

The four other at-large inmates include Fernando Gustavo Casteneda-Sandoval, 31, of Yakima; Hugo Alejandro Amezcua-Hernandez, 28, of Yakima; Andrew Derrick Wofley, 26, of Union Gap; and Neftali Serrano, 27, of Yakima.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office said it is possible the suspects have returned to their hometowns following the escape and asked people to be on the lookout. The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to questions regarding if any inmates in the jail had tested positive or were showing symptoms of the virus.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching for the escaped inmates.