Udell also released a statement to the public, which states: "About 7 o'clock, several inmates, in excess of 12, decided that they were no longer going to be housed in the Yakima County Jail and they made a decision to break down a door and leave". Residents of Yakima were told to stay inside as authorities reported the escape from Yakima County Jail in the city's downtown, per NBC News.
Officials are asking people in the Yakima area to report any suspicious activity to 911. A spokesperson for the police is anxious that the prisoners won't listen to the stay at home order and will be roaming the streets where they could be vulnerable. "The actual number of inmates unaccounted for is unknown", said a tweet from the department.
The names of the six captured inmates have now not been launched via government.
The inmates were last seen wearing shirts with "YCDOC" on the back and black trousers.
The offenders still on the loose have been identified as Tyrone Adam Mulvaney, 34, from Moses Lake; Andrew Derrick Wolfley, 26, from Union Gap; Neftali Serrano, 27, from Yakima; Fernando Gustavo Casteneda-Sandoval, 31, from Yakima; Hugo Alejandro Amezcua-Hernandez, also from Yakima; and 27-year-old Miguel Angel Chavez-Amezcua from Moses Lake. They might be barefoot or wearing orange sandals, police said.
"And we need your help to get these guys back in custody". The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to questions regarding if any inmates in the jail had tested positive or were showing symptoms of the virus.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are actively searching for the escaped inmates.