The Latest: 2 remaining fugitives likely in San Jose
Jan. 30, 2016
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the manhunt for three inmates who escaped from a jail in Orange County, California, a week ago (all times local):
A sheriff's spokesman says the two remaining violent fugitives who broke out of a California jail are believed to be in San Jose and may be headed to Fresno.
Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says escaped inmate Bac Duong, who surrendered in Orange County earlier Friday, told investigators he was with the other two fugitives in San Jose on Thursday.
It's not clear how he got back to Southern California to turn himself in.
Hallock says the other two men, Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri, may now be headed to Fresno in Central California, where there may be associates who can help them.
Authorities had previously said they thought all three men were still in Southern California.
Authorities say the men brazenly broke out of the maximum-security jail a week ago, and one of them stole a white van a day later.
Hallock says the remaining two fugitives are most likely still in that van.
Authorities say a violent California inmate walked into a business and said he wanted to surrender before he was arrested by police a week after an elaborate jailbreak with two other prisoners who remain at large.
Lee Tran, an owner of Auto Electric Rebuilders in Santa Ana, says Duong came into the shop Friday looking for Tran's sister, Theresa, and told her that he wanted to turn himself in.
Tran says his sister called 911 and Duong went outside to smoke a cigarette and wait for police to arrive.
He says his sister's boyfriend knows Duong and that marshals came by to speak with her earlier this week because she may have visited Duong in jail.
Duong had been held in jail since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and other counts in a gang shooting.
Authorities say they have captured one of three inmates who escaped from a California jail last week while facing charges involving violent crimes.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said 43-year-old Bac Duong was arrested Friday by police in Santa Ana, the same city where the trio made their elaborate escape from the county jail.
Hutchens says Duong flagged down a citizen on a street and said he wanted to turn himself in.
The men escaped early Jan. 22 from the Orange County jail after cutting a hole in a metal grate then crawling through plumbing tunnels and onto the roof of a five-story jail building.
They pushed aside barbed wire and rappelled down using a rope made of bed sheets.
Duong, Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri had all been awaiting trial for unrelated violent crimes.
They had been held in a dormitory with about 65 other men in Santa Ana, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Southern California law enforcement officials believe three men who escaped from the Orange County jail are still in the region.
County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock urged residents Friday to remain on the lookout for a stolen white van that the men are believed to be using.
A woman who taught English as a second language to one of the inmates has been booked as an accessory to the escape.
The sheriff's spokesman says she played a significant role in the escape, including providing the men Google Earth maps of the entire jail complex. Hallock says the two exchanged letters of a personal nature, but he could not say if they were romantically involved.
Hallock says the woman denies providing tools.