One Escaped Inmate From Orange County Jail Captured, Two Still At Large
One of the three escaped inmates who broke out of an Orange County jail has been captured, though two still remain at large.Bac Duong, 43, was arrested today in Santa Ana after escaping from the Men's County Jail in Orange County along with two other inmates on January 22. Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Sandra Hutchens said that Duong, who is suspected of stealing a white van on Saturday, got ahold of a civilian and told them he wanted to surrender, City News Service reports. He was taken into custody just before noon near the Auto Electric Rebuilders shop at 4121 North Harbor Boulevard, according to the O.C. Register.
Duong had been facing charges of had been charged with attempted murder, carjacking, domestic violence and a number of weapons violations prior to his escape.
Authorities are still looking for the van that they believe Duong stole after responding to a Craigslist ad offering the van for sale. It's a white GMC Savannah with a paper license plate from Felix Chevrolet, number 8U66466, though it's possible those plates may have been removed or replaced.
Still on the loose are Jonathan Tieu, 20, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of a rival gang member, and 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri. Nayeri is was accused of kidnapping a marijuana clinic owner with the aid of two others, then torturing him with a blowtorch, chopping off his penis and leaving him in the desert to die. Deputy D.A. Heather Brown said that when she heard of Nayeri's escape, "My first reaction was: Oh, my God, they let Hannibal Lecter out. He is sophisticated, incredibly violent and cunning."
The three men escaped Men's County Jail in Santa Ana in the early morning hours of Friday, January 22. Authorities believe the men cut through several metal barriers, then made their way through plumbing tunnels to the roof of the jail, before rappelling to the ground using ropes made of sheets and clothing. Police have arrested Nooshafarian Ravaghi, 44, an ESL teacher who had been a contracted employee at the jail for the past six months, alleging that she provided Nayeri with maps and other information used in the escape.
Hallock said that Nayeri and Ravaghi—who are both originally from Iran—met in a class Ravaghi was teaching at the jail.