California authorities along with the FBI finally caught the last two remaining fugitives who escaped from an Orange County prison last week. Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were arrested by San Francisco police on Saturday. Bac Duong, 43, who escaped from the prison with Tieu and Neyeri surrendered to authorities Friday. A teacher at the jail, Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was arrested Thursday and charged with providing Google Earth images showing the area around the jail to Nayeri.
The three inmates had been held in a dormitory with about 65 other men in Santa Ana, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They escaped early Jan. 22 by cutting a hole in a metal grate then crawling through plumbing tunnels and onto the roof of a five-story jail building, the Associated Press reported. They then pushed aside barbed wire and rappelled down using a rope made of bed sheets.
Authorities say Duong has been held without bond since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in a gang shooting. Immigration authorities and records indicate he had been ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but remained in the country and racked up a lengthy rap sheet. Nayeri had been held without bond since September 2014, charged with kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Nayeri and two other men are accused of kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012, driving him to a spot in the desert where they believed he had hidden money and then torturing him.
Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, will face a charge of being an accessory to a felony, Hallock said. It is unclear whether Navaghi has an attorney. She has denied giving the escapees tools, but has admitted giving a Google Earth image, on paper, showing the area around the jail complex, to Nayeri, according to Hallock. Authorities had offered a $200,000 reward for information leading to the fugitives’ capture. Orange County Sheriff Lt. Jeff Hallock said Friday that Nayeri and Tieu were spotted in San Jose a day earlier and authorities believed they were in a stolen white van.
San Jose is about a 6½-hour drive from Santa Ana. 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. This was the first escape in nearly three decades from the Central Men’s Jail, built in 1968, that holds 900 men.