Merced County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating and searching for an Inmate who escaped from the John Latoracca Correctional Facility, in Merced. David O’Neal Coleman Jr., age 40 of Merced, was found missing at about 4:45 a.m. this morning. Correctional Officers reported they noticed Coleman missing after conducting a routine Inmate headcount throughout the Inmates housing unit.
Investigation has revealed that Coleman escaped through the roof area of the Inmate Housing Unit. In addition Coleman was able to manipulate the security razor wire fencing, freeing himself from confinement of the facility. It is believed Coleman ascertained serious injuries from the razor wire cuts during the escape.
Coleman is described as a white male adult, forty years of age. He stands 6-0” and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Coleman has brown hair, brown eyes, and facial hair.