In an elaborate escape, three inmates from Orange County Men’s Jail were reported missing Sunday.
It was nearly 72 hours after their disappearance when Sheriff’s officials confirmed the breakout of Hossein Nayeri, Jonathan Tieu and Bac Duong.
Their escape was likely made on Friday after a 5 a.m. headcount. All three men had been incarcerated for violent crimes.
The breakout, which could have taken weeks or months of planning, started with the inmates using tools to cut through steel bars, then traveling through plumbing tunnels and ended with a descent off a roof with makeshift ropes made from towels and bed sheets.
Authorities say they will offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the fugitives.
What is the process for law enforcement to find these escaped inmates? How does this escape differ from others, where fugitives could rely on nearby wilderness to hide? How will the fugitives remain unseen in the surrounding metropolitan area of Orange County?
Lenny DePaul, Chief Inspector/Commander (Ret.) of U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force
Craig Caine, Inspector (Ret.) U.S. Marshals Service New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force