Three Orange County inmates jail escaped a Santa Ana jail Friday after an elaborate plan was executed by the violent cons. The escaped inmates were all jailed in prison under charges of murder, kidnapping and torture, and are all considered extremely dangerous to the public.
Writes the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 24: “Jonathan Tieu, 20, Bac Duong, 43, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were discovered missing from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail on Friday, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.” The jail is approximately 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
According to reports, the three men tunneled into underground passages where the jail’s water and sewer pipes run. They were able to follow the pipes until they found a duct that led up to the jail’s roof. Using a makeshift rope, the men climbed over barbed wire fencing and down the outer wall before fleeing on foot.
The men’s side of the jail houses 1,433 inmates. The three men were discovered missing during the jail’s 8 p.m. inmate count. According to jail officials, this is the first escape from the maximum security prison in 20 years.
“We believe this was a very sophisticated, very well-thought out plan that may have been in the works for weeks up to months,” said Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “This is not something they did overnight.”
Lt. Jeff Hallock added: “The sheriff’s number one priority in this is the safety of our community. We have dedicated all available resources to this search and investigation so that we may bring all three inmates back into custody… I think the public should expect the worst if they’re encountering them and call 911 and allow the professionals to respond.”
According to The Associated Press, a disturbance during the evening count slightly delayed jail officials from reaching the men’s cells. Investigators believe the diversion was part of the plan.
Jonathan Tieu, a suspected gang member, was jailed in October 2013 after being found guilty of murder and attempted murder. Bac Duong, a lifelong felon who had already served time behind bars, was returned to jail last year under after being charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and possessing a firearm.
Hossein Nayeri, an Iranian native, was incarcerated in 2014 on charges of kidnapping, torture, burglary and aggravated mayhem. Nayeri abducted a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012 and cut off the man’s penis to force him to reveal where he had hidden a large sum of cash.
According to the Times, the FBI is offering up to a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any of the three escapees, last seen wearing their orange jail jumpsuits. Braun asked that the public contact a dedicated police hotline at (714) 628-7085 with any information regarding the men. Those who believe they see the Orange County inmates should call 911.