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California inmates escape, likely armed

5 years 10 months 6 days ago Sunday, January 24 2016 Jan 24, 2016 January 24, 2016 12:14 PM January 24, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

ORANGE COUNTY, Ca. - Officials say the three inmates who escaped from a Southern California maximum-security jail should be considered armed and dangerous.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said at a Sunday news conference that members of the public should not approach the men if they are spotted.

Local and federal authorities in several counties are searching for the men who escaped Friday from Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana.

The sheriff says a separate investigation has been launched into how the inmates managed to obtain the tools to cut through half-inch steel bars.

Officials say they also cut through plumbing tunnels and made it to the roof where they were able to rappel to the ground using some kind of makeshift rope

Hutchens calls the escape a "very sophisticated operation."

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