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(MADERA COUNTY, Calif.) — Authorities in Central California captured four out of five inmates who escaped a correctional facility this weekend.

Officials originally believed one individual broke free from the Madera County Department of Corrections on Friday, but alarmed area residents a day later when they announced four other missing inmates.

The prisoners escaped about 9:15 PM PT on Friday, with all five men considered armed and dangerous, according to Madera County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Erica Stewart. One of the inmates, Abel Ramos, was jailed for attempting to murder a sheriff’s detective.

Three were in for attempted murder, and most were held for robbery, strong-armed robbery, burglary, and probation violations, Stewart said.

While the fifth prisoner is still at large, officials highlight the importance that majority are captured. No shots were fired while authorities caught the individuals.

“The bottom line and the good news is, we do have four out of the five in custody,” Stewart said. “The worst of the worst we have back behind bars, which is critical.”

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