'Dangerous felon' escapes from Merced County jail

Merced Sun-StarApril 4, 2014 

MERCED — A "dangerous felon" escaped early Thursday from a Merced County jail but may have seriously injured himself on razor wire climbing over a security fence, the Merced County Sheriff's Department said.

David O'Neal Coleman Jr. was discovered missing around 4:45 a.m. Thursday from the John Latorraca Correctional Center on Sandy Mush Road, deputy Delray Shelton said.

Deputies said they believe Coleman escaped through the roof of the facility.

Coleman was described as a white male adult, about 6 feet tall and weighing about 200 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, and facial hair.


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