Authorities continue the search for three inmates who escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The escape took place sometime after 5 a.m. Friday morning, as the inmates cut through half-inch steel bars to facilitate their escape.
“It was very well-thought-out and planned,” Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said at a news conference on Saturday.
Cutting through plumbing tunnels and finally making it to an unguarded area of the roof. The three men rappelled from the roof by a makeshift rope. Last seen wearing orange jail jumpsuits, the convicts were present at a 5 a.m. inmate count and were discovered missing at the 8 p.m. count.
Among the inmates is 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who had been charged with murder, attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. Tieu had been held on a $1 million dollar bond since October of 2013.
Hossein Nayeri, 37, was held on charges of aggravated mayhem, burglary, kidnapping, and torture since September 2014. Nayeri and three other men are accused of kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012. The four men drove the dispensary owner to a desert location demanding money and then cut off his penis, according to authorities.
The third escaped convict is 43-year-old Bac Duong, was being held since last month on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, possession of a firearm by an ex-felon, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling, as well as other charges.
Authorities are unclear whether the men were armed but they should be considered very dangerous.