Merced Co woman accused of helping inmate

December 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A Merced County woman is in jail, accused of helping an escaped inmate.

Deputies arrested Monica Beserra at her Winton home on Saturday.

The 30-year-old is now booked on charges of harboring a fugitive and drug possession.

Authorities say she was helping Adrian Hicks after he escaped from jail Wednesday morning.

Deputies found Hicks at Beserra's home yesterday, hiding under a pile of clothes in a closet.

Investigators say hicks escaped through a hole in the shower area at the John LaTorraca Correctional Center.

The facility was built to hold low-level offenders, but it now houses much more serious criminals because of the growing jail population.