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Authorities search for man who escaped Rancho Cucamonga jail

Authorities are looking for Mario Abraham Tafoya, who they say escaped the West Valley Detention Center.
(San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)

Authorities are searching for a 19-year-old man who escaped from jail in Rancho Cucamonga Thursday afternoon.

Mario Abraham Tafoya escaped the West Valley Detention Center about 3:20 p.m. and was last seen running northeast near Etiwanda Avenue and 6th Street, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

Tafoya was arrested in January on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and evading police. Investigators said he’s known to visit San Bernardino, Redlands and Highland.

Tafoya was described as a Latino man with brown hair, green eyes and face tattoos. He is 5 feet 6, weighs about 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and no shoes.

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Authorities warned the public not to contact Tafoya, whom they consider dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to call 911.

alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @AleneTchek


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