Intense search is on for four escaped inmates

The Sunnyside Police Department is conducting an intense search for four federal inmates who were housed at the local jail but escaped confinement sometime last night.

According to police, the four individuals were incarcerated in Pod 100 when they escaped.

Police are looking for Aaron L. Garcia, 28, Ernesto Gallegos, 29, Jose Moreno-Ruiz, 48, and Rodolfo Cortez-Orozco, no age available.

Police are also looking for a vehicle of interest that was seen in the area around the time of the escape, a white 1991 Chevy Corsica, four-door, with a Washington license plate of 067-SMI.

According to Deputy Chief Phil Schenck, a hole was created through a reinforced ceiling, which is a mixture of concrete and metal. Schenck said that the hole was just big enough for a person to slip through, though it's unknown how the hole was made.

"We haven't yet determiend how the hole was made," said Schenck.

He said the escapees climbed through the ventilation system.

"We're taking steps to reinforce this so that this can never happen again," said Schenck.

The Sunnyside Police Department currently has 12 officers working in search parties, and is receiving help from U.S. Marshalls, Yakima County Sheriff's deputies, and the Yakima Police Department.

"All of us are chasing down any possible leads," Schenck said.

Schenck is encouraging residents to view the police department's website and become familiar with the subjects.

Garcia has a bowl shaped hair-cut, with a patch of black hair that bowls up in the back.

Gallegos has 509 tattooed on the back of his head, as well as several tatoos on his neck, arms and stomach.

All four of the escapees have Yakima addresses.

From 8 a.m. yesterday morning to 8 a.m. this morning, police officers responded to four theft and two burglary reports.

The reports included:

-a fuel theft in the 300 block of South Sixth St.

-a burglary at La Fogata, located at 1204 Yakima Valley Highway.

-a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of Blaine Avenue.

-a home broken into in the 300 block of South 9th Street.

-stolen items from an apartment in the 1400 block of South Sixth Street.

-a stolen vehicle, taken in the 200 block of West Edison Avenue.

Also in the 24-hour period, police responded to two alarm calls, one animal complaint, one disorderly conduct report, assisted with a fire, fielded a harassment report, responded to one suspicious person or circumstances report, a traffic complain and two vandalism reports.

Police also served an arrest warrant, provided an agency with assistance, as well as a citizen, and fielded one information report.


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