It wasn’t quite “The Great Escape” but four inmates at the county jail tried breaking out of their cells over the summer by crafting four makeshift ropes and breaking an exterior window, according to authorities.
Three of the four men — Tyler McLaughlin, 22, Edward Robert Segura, 25, and Daniel John Zeisler, 31 — were arraigned in Superior Court and unsuccessfully asked to represent themselves. A fourth, Tyler Aaron Ehrman, 22, is in state prison serving time for the original crime and has yet to be returned to San Mateo County.
On July 23, Segura and Ehrman were in one cell and Zeisler and McLaughlin in another at Maguire Correctional Facility in Redwood City. Prosecutors say they banged their metal dinner trays inside the cells and refused responding deputies attempts to enter. Zeisler and McLaughlin reportedly barricaded their cell using storage bins and broke the window to the exterior of the building.
When deputies got inside the cell, they found four makeshift ropes with a total length of 145 feet, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The four men are charged with attempted escape, vandalism and resisting an officer. After having their request to act as their own attorneys denied, the men received court-appointed lawyers. They return to court Sept. 12 for a preliminary hearing and remain in custody on $100,000 bail on top of any earlier bond.
Ehrman is currently serving six years in prison for robbing, along with a co-defendant, a San Mateo audio store clerk of $1.
In May, McLaughlin was found incompetent to stand trial on charges including robbery, vandalism and receiving stolen property. He was awaiting transport to Napa State Hospital at the time of the alleged escape attempt.
Segura was in custody on a probation violation by picking up a new drug conviction July 21, two days before the alleged escape attempt. Last year, he pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft.
Zeisler was in custody awaiting an October jury trial for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting a police officer.
The new jail escape charges could carry between 16 months and three years in custody, said Assistant District Attorney Al Serrato.
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