Sheriff: One Escaped California Inmate Surrenders; Two Still at Large

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) – Authorities say they have captured one of three inmates who escaped from a California jail last week while facing charges involving violent crimes.

Bac Duong (Image source: KTLA-TV)
Bac Duong (Image source: KTLA-TV)

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.

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