Three California Jail Escapees All Back In Custody After Citizen Tip


After a week of SWAT raids and a gang dragnet, it was a tip from an observant citizen that led police to the two remaining inmates who broke out of a California jail eight days ago using a Google Earth map and a rope made of bed linens, reports the Associated Press. A citizen flagged down officers near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park just before 9 a.m. Saturday and pointed out a parked white van that looked like one believed to be stolen by a trio of inmates during the brazen escape, said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. The tipster said a person who looked like one of the fugitives was in the area. As police approached the van, Hossein Nayeri, whom officials have called the probable mastermind, was captured after a short foot chase. Police discovered the second fugitive, 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, hiding in the van with ammunition, but no gun.

A third inmate, Bac Duong, 43, surrendered Friday after walking into an auto repair shop in Santa Ana just a few miles from the jail where the trio had been housed. The three had been awaiting trial on separate violent felony charges, including murder, attempted murder, torture and kidnapping. Duong and Tieu have ties to street gangs that operate in the shadows of Orange County’s thriving Vietnamese community. Authorities don’t know the answers to a number of questions about the escape, including how the inmates got their hands on the sharp cutting tools necessary to hack their way through jail walls, where they had been hiding, and how Duong got back to Santa Ana after parting ways with the others.

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