CA fugitives escape: Authorities say 1 of 3 fugitive inmates arrested

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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):

1:55 p.m.

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.


12:15 p.m.

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.


10:40 a.m.

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.
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