3 escaped California inmates considered dangerous: Sheriff

LOS ANGELES — Investigators are pursuing several leads in the search for three inmates who masterminded a brazen escape from a Southern California maximum-security jail and are considered dangerous, authorities said Sunday.

See Full Article

"I want to tell the public: Presume that they are armed and do not approach them," Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said of the accused felons who escaped Friday by cutting through half-inch steel bars and rappelling three floors down from the roof by a makeshift rope made from sheets.

Hutchens said local and federal investigators in several counties have received a number of "very good tips" but have had no concrete sightings of the men. There was no indication any of them have left the country, she said.

Meanwhile a separate probe was launched into how the inmates managed to obtain the tools to cut through the steel bars and plumbing tunnels to make it to the roof.

Officials did not say what tools were used, but Hutchens called the escape a "very sophisticated operation." Investigators will try to determine how long the process took from planning to execution and whether the men had help from other inmates or jail personnel, the sheriff said.

"People in jail have a lot of time to sit around and think about ways to defeat our system," she said.

The U.S. Marshals Service offered a $30,000 reward on top of $20,000 offered by the FBI for information leading to the trio's capture.

The inmates — one of whom is an alleged killer — were last seen before dawn Friday at the Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. They could have escaped any time between then and late Friday night.

They were last seen wearing orange jail jumpsuits, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said Saturday.

The inmates were present for a 5 a.m. inmate count and were discovered missing at the 8 p.m. count, Hallock said.

Before the nighttime count, there was some kind of disturbance at the jail that may have been part of the escape plan, he said.

It slightly delayed the discovery that the men were missing, he said.

Some "small pieces of evidence" have been collected and investigators will be looking at surveillance camera footage, Hallock said.

Earlier, Hallock said it was the first escape from the 900-inmate facility in 20 years.

The inmates include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who had been held on a $1 million bond since October 2013 on charges of murder, attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. His case is believed to be gang-related.

Hossein Nayeri, 37, had been held without bond since September 2014 on charges of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Nayeri and three other men are accused of kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012. They drove the dispensary owner to a desert spot where they believed he had hidden money and then cut off his penis, authorities said.

After the crime, Nayeri fled the U.S. to his native Iran, where he remained for several months. He was arrested in Prague in November 2014 while changing flights from Iran to Spain to visit family.

The third escaped inmate, 43-year-old Bac Duong, was being held without bond since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and other charges.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

    World News CTV News
    SAN DIEGO -- A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of reunited families who were separated by the Trump administration after crossing the southwest border. The American Civil Liberties Union had asked Judge Dana Sabraw to delay deportations a week after reunification. Source
  • Workers at Goderich salt mine accept deal to end 12-week strike

    Canada News CBC News
    The 12-week strike at the salt mine in Goderich, Ontario is over. Workers voted Monday to accept a three-year deal reached between Unifor Local 16-0 and the mine owner, Compass Minerals. The salt mine, the world's largest, employs more than 350 unionized workers. Source
  • Iran arrests 46 in fresh crackdowns on Instagram models

    World News CTV News
    TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of people in fresh crackdowns on models and associated colleagues posting "immoral images" online. The official IRNA news agency reported Monday that officials in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, some 1250 kilometres, or 630 miles, south of the capital Tehran, arrested eight women and 36 other people in the photography, beauty salons and wedding businesses who used Instagram to share what they considered indecent images and…
  • 'Kloe inside washer': Mom's post about girl trapped in front-loading machine goes viral

    World News CTV News
    A mother is warning other parents about the dangers of front-loaded laundry equipment after her three-year-old daughter became trapped in a new washing machine. Lindsey McIver’s story has garnered more than 250,000 shares on Facebook since July 11. Source
  • Cold case arrest: Police say they've arrested killer who left horrifying trail of taunts

    World News CTV News
    New DNA technology has led to an arrest in a cold case involving an eight-year-old girl who was allegedly raped, killed and left in an Indiana ditch 30 years ago. John D. Miller, 59, has been charged with murder, child molestation and criminal confinement in the death of April Tinsley after a genetics company was able to link Miller to the DNA found on the scene. Source
  • Abdoul Abdi no longer facing deportation hearing, for now

    Canada News CBC News
    Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi is no longer facing deportation to Somalia, but the threat of deportation in the future remains a possibility. Abdi, 25, lives and works in Toronto, but came to Nova Scotia in 2000 with his aunts and sister after his mother died in a refugee camp in Djibouti. Source
  • Apparent protester removed ahead of Trump-Putin conference

    World News CTV News
    HELSINKI -- An apparent protester has been escorted out of a joint press conference between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The individual, seated with the American press corps in Helsinki, was holding a sign about nuclear weapons. Source
  • U.S. willing to be part of Afghanistan talks with Taliban, NATO commander says

    World News CBC News
    The United States is ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban in an effort to end the 17-year-long war in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander, said on Monday, amid growing speculation about possible peace talks. Source
  • Prime Minister's Youth Council calls on Trudeau to halt Kinder Morgan buyout

    Canada News CTV News
    More than a dozen current and former members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council are calling on Justin Trudeau to halt the federal government’s announced $4.5-billion buyout of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. Source
  • Members of Prime Minister's Youth Council call on Trudeau to halt Kinder Morgan buyout

    Canada News CTV News
    More than a dozen current and former members of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council are calling on Justin Trudeau to halt the federal government’s announced $4.5-billion buyout of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan. Source