3 inmates held on violent crimes escape California jail

Jan 23, 2016 1:02 PM

Sheriff's deputies were searching for three male inmates who escaped from the Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, authorities said early Saturday morning.

At about 9 p.m. on Friday, it was discovered that Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, were unaccounted for, according to Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities conducted a search of the Central Jail Complex, the nearby Civic Center and surrounding areas, but did not locate the three inmates.

The men were last confirmed to be seen at 5 a.m. Friday, Hallock said at a Saturday morning press conference.

Authorities believe they know how the inmates escaped but were not releasing information at this time.

All three inmates were in custody for violent charges, the Sheriff's department said. Nayeri, who was in custody since September 2014, faces charges of kidnapping, torture, burglary and aggravated mayhem. He was being held without bail.

Tieu faces charges for murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, criminal street gang enhancement and attempted murder. He's been in custody since October 2013 and was being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Duong, who is ineligible for bail due to an immigration hold, has been in custody since December 2015. He faces charges of possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, vehicle theft, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting an at inhabited dwelling.

"I want to emphasize that the Sheriff's number one priority in this is the safety of our community," Hallock said. "We have dedicated all available resources to this search and investigation so that we may bring all three inmates back into custody."

Officials were expected to have more details Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the three inmates was asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 714-647-7000.


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