All California Escapees Now In Custody

Fugitives Nayeri, Tieu In-Custody
Hossein Nayeri, Jonathan Tieu and Bac Tien Duong escaped from the Central Jail in Santa Ana, California, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. Photo Courtesy: Orange County Jail

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — All the three inmates who escaped from a California jail last week are back behind bars.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told reporters that Bac Tien Duong, 43, was taken into custody around noon Friday, almost a week after he was part of a sophisticated escape from the Orange County jail.

Duong was the chief suspect in the theft of a white GMC van that was stolen last Saturday, one day after he, Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20 slipped out of the jail.

Nayeri and Tieu were caught Saturday, though there are scant details of their capture.

The fugitives most likely escaped after a 5 a.m. headcount last Friday but it was more than 12 hours later before authorities discovered they were gone.

The inmates allegedly used tools to cut through security bars in a the jail’s plumbing tunnel and air vents. They also apparently used sheets braided into ropes to rappel down four to five stories from the roof of the jail.

An English-as-a-second language teacher at the jail named Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was arrested Thursday in connection with the escape.

It’s suspected the teacher had a flirtatious relationship going with Nayeri.

Ravaghi will be arraigned Monday. She will face a charge of being an accessory to a felony for allegedly giving the inmates maps of the area around the jail complex.

Authorities offered a $200,000 reward for information leading to the fugitives’ capture — $50,000 of which was designated for each escapee.


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