Escaped California inmates in police custody

Posted at 11:57 AM, Jan 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-30 17:19:25-05

The last two of three inmates who escaped a maximum-security California jail more than a week ago are back in custody, the Ocean County sheriff announced today.

The Ocean County Sher'ff's Department tweeted that the two men had been taken into custody by the San Francisco Police Department. 

Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, broke out of the Orange County Men's Central Jail, along with Bac Tien Duong, 43, more than a week ago.

The three cut through steel bars in their group holding area, traveling through plumbing pipes before they reached the roof, authorities said. They were last seen Jan. 22 at 5 a.m. in a holding area, and the inmates' escape wasn't confirmed until 16 hours later, giving them a lengthy head start on authorities searching for them.

Duong turned himself in on Friday, after telling residents in Santa Ana, Calif. that he wanted to surrender, according to the OCSD.

A jail teacher was arrested Thursday on charges of accessory to felony. Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, allegedly provided the inmates with a photo she printed from Google Earth that would have shown an image of the entire jail complex. Ravaghi denied providing the inmates with weapons or tools that would have helped them cut through their steel cell bars, police said.

Duong had been facing charges of attempted murder, while Tieu was charged with murder and Nayeri was charged with torture and kidnapping. All three inmates pleaded not guilty to the charges.