2 Remaining California Jail Escapees Are In Custody

The search for the 3 men suspected of violent crimes lasted more than a week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 30, 2016 2:15 PM CST
2 Remaining California Jail Escapees Are In Custody

Two inmates who remained at large after breaking out of a California jail more than a week ago have been arrested, Orange County sheriff's officials said Saturday. The AP reports Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were in the custody of the San Francisco Police Department. Authorities had been hunting for Tieu, Nayeri, and a third inmate, 43-year-old Bac Duong, in Southern California since they pulled off a brazen jail escape on Jan. 22. On Friday, Duong walked into an auto repair shop and said he wanted to surrender. He told investigators he had last seen the other two inmates Thursday afternoon in San Jose, shifting the manhunt 400 miles to the north.

The three men had all been jailed near Los Angeles while awaiting trial on charges in separate violent crimes. The men escaped in the early morning hours after cutting a hole in a metal grate then crawling through plumbing tunnels and onto the roof of a four-story jail building. They pushed aside barbed wire and rappelled down using a rope made of bed linen. It took jail staff 16 hours to realize the three men were missing. It was the first escape in nearly three decades from the jail. Duong, a native of Vietnam, has been held since last month on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Tieu is charged with murder and attempted murder in a 2011 gang shooting. Nayeri had been held without bond since September 2014 on charges of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem, and burglary. (Read more prison break stories.)

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