Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri, the last of three fugitives who escaped from a maximum-security prison in Southern California last week, have been arrested in San Francisco, sheriff’s officials say.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department announced at 10:30 a.m. PT on Saturday that both Tieu and Nayeri had been taken into custody by the San Francisco Police Department. Details about the circumstances of their capture were not immediately released.
Tieu, Nayeri and Bac Tien Duong escaped from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana on January 22, prompting a massive manhunt. Duong was taken into custody in Santa Ana on Friday morning after he went to a business and asked to see an acquaintance, saying he wanted to turn himself in.
A $200,000 reward had been issued for information leading to the capture of the men.
Authorities say the men, who are accused of unrelated crimes, ranging from kidnapping to attempted murder, cut through a quarter-inch-thick metal screen behind their bunk beds in a dormitory-style cell they were sharing. The men then made their way through that hole into plumbing tunnels, up onto an unsecured area of the prison’s roof, and then down about five floors to the ground using rope made out of bed sheets and prison clothes.
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