California authorities search for 5 jail escapees

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This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26. Lopez-Diaz is one of five inmates who escaped from the jail in the Central Valley city of Madera, Calif., late Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The five were being held on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. It's unclear how the men, who are believed to be gang members, escaped from the jail. Authorities say all five men should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Madera County Jail)
This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Abel Ramos, 25. Ramos is one of five inmates who escaped from the jail in the Central Valley city of Madera, Calif., late Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The five were being held on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. It's unclear how the men, who are believed to be gang members, escaped from the jail. Authorities say all five men should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Madera County Jail)
This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Roel Soliz, 29. Soliz is one of five inmates who escaped from the jail in the Central Valley city of Madera, Calif., late Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The five were being held on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. It's unclear how the men, who are believed to be gang members, escaped from the jail. Authorities say all five men should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Madera County Jail)
This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Juan Lopez, 33. Lopez is one of five inmates who escaped from the jail in the Central Valley city of Madera, Calif., late Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The five were being held on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. Authorities say all five men should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Madera County Jail)
This undated booking photo provided by the Madera, Calif., County Jail shows Ricardo Cendejas, 19. Cendejas is one of five inmates who escaped from the jail in Madera, Calif., late Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. The five were being held on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery. Authorities say all five men should be considered armed and dangerous. (AP Photo/Madera County Jail)
FILE -- In this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, a worker puts the finishing touches on the door of a two-person cell at a new inmate housing unit that was under construction at the Madera County Jail in Madera, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking $500 million more in the state budget for local jail constriction, while his fellow Democrats in the Senate want to broaden the criteria so locals governments could choose to spend the money on facilities to help the mentally ill, substance abuse offenders and other alternatives to building more jails.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)
FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo, an inmate at the Madera County Jail is taken to one of the inmate housing units in Madera, Calif. Under Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment plan, County lockups, designed to hold prisoners for no more than a year are now being asked to incarcerate inmates serving the kind of lengthy sentences that used to send them to prisons. The plan has succeeded in its goal of reducing crowding in state prisons, though not to the level demanded by federal judges. But the changes have not come without criticism.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, a multi-inmate cell is seen at a new housing unit near completion at the Madera County Jail in Madera, Calif. County lockups, designed to hold prisoners for no more than a year are now being asked to incarcerate inmates serving the kind of lengthy sentences that used to send them to prisons. In some counties attorney's representing inmates say it is leading to poor conditions similar to those that previously plagued state prisons.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, a female inmate peers out a cell window at the Madera County Jail in Madera, Calif. County lockups, designed to hold prisoners for no more than a year are now being asked to incarcerate inmates serving the kind of lengthy sentences that used to send them to prisons. In some counties attorney's representing inmates say it is leading to poor conditions similar to those that previously plagued state prisons.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, a bank of video monitors that inmates will use to remotely converse with visitors, line a wall oft a new housing unit nearing completion at the Madera County Jail in Madera, Calif. County lockups, designed to hold prisoners for no more than a year are now being asked to incarcerate inmates serving the kind of lengthy sentences that used to send them to prisons. In some counties attorney's representing inmates say it is leading to poor conditions similar to those that previously plagued state prisons.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, an inmate at the Madera County Jail is taken to one of the inmate housing units in Madera, Calif. County lockups, designed to hold prisoners for no more than a year are now being asked to incarcerate inmates serving the kind of lengthy sentences that used to send them to prisons. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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By TERRY COLLINS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities were on the hunt Saturday for five men who escaped from a central California jail.

The men broke out of the Madera County lockup late Friday night, sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said. The inmates were gone for about an hour before corrections officers discovered they were missing around 9:15 p.m., she said.

Authorities from across the state were looking for Juan Lopez, 33, Jorge Lopez-Diaz, 26, Abel Ramos, 25, Ricardo Cendejas, 19, all of Madera and Roel Soliz, 29, of Chowchilla.

The men were being held in custody on various charges including attempted murder and armed robbery, Stuart said. It's unclear how they escaped, she added.

"We don't know how they got away, all we know is that they took off on foot," Stuart said. "We're looking for them. They should all be considered armed and very dangerous."

The men were last seen wearing either orange jumpsuits or white T- shirts with blue shorts and orange jail-issued sandals. It is not clear whether they knew or were associated with each other prior to their arrests, Stuart said.

The jail is operated by the Madera County Department of Corrections, Stuart said.

The corrections department was not immediately available for comment.




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