Merced County man escapes from jail

FRESNO, Calif.

Johnson is described as a Caucasian male, 5'9" tall, approximately 180 lbs with blond hair and blue eyes. He has numerous tattoos including "South Side" on his stomach and a trash can on his right arm.

Johnson was found to be missing during a routine headcount early Tuesday morning. After inspecting the dorm building, officers found a hole in the ceiling above a shower where they believe Johnson got out of the building. They also found a blanket that had been tossed over the razor wire along the fence.

Johnson was last seen in his dorm around 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. He was in custody for evading police, hit and run, stalking, narcotics violations, and resisting arrest.

Authorities believe he may have had outside assistance in his escape.

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