Two jail escapees still on loose; murder suspect and six others caught |

Two jail escapees still on loose; murder suspect and six others caught

YAKIMA, Wash. – Two jail escapees were captured Saturday after an anonymous tip led police to the attic of a relative’s home, but two others were still at large after nine inmates broke out of a maximum security area of the Yakima County Jail.The men broke through the ceiling of the four-story jail and used a rope made of bed sheets to climb down Friday evening, authorities said. Five were recaptured on the jail grounds, but four others got away.Saturday morning, officers got a tip that led them to a Yakima home where a sister of escapee Santos Luera lives, Police Chief Sam Granato. The officers searched the house and found both missing inmates in the attic.Luera, 20, who was facing a Dec. 5 murder trial for the shooting death of his stepbrother, had a broken leg and was taken to a hospital. Terry Moser, 25, who had been charged with assault, was also back in custody.”They were verbally combative. They weren’t happy they had been captured,” Granato said.One of the two inmates still at large Saturday afternoon had been spotted Friday evening but escaped on foot before officers arrived, Granato said.”We have no information on how they’re getting around or if they’re even still together,” he said.The two remaining escapees were identified as Luis Soto, 28, of Toppenish, who was facing trial Jan. 3 on a second-degree theft charge; and Gianno Alaimo, 26, of Yakima, who had been charged with assault.The nine inmates escaped Friday afternoon, apparently going through a ceiling on the top floor of the jail in downtown Yakima and gaining access to the roof, Rink said. They used bed sheets to slide down to the roof of the adjacent one-story jail annex, then jumped to the ground.The breakout was similar to an escape by four inmates in 1994 from the same central Washington jail. Those inmates made a hole in a ceiling and followed ductwork to a roof vent, then used a bed sheet rope to reach the annex roof, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. Two were injured when the sheets came apart. They other two fled to Mexico, where one was killed in a gunfight and the other was captured.

Support Local Journalism