Inmates Rappelled From Roof To Escape California Jail

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these photos of Jonathan Tieu, left, Hossein Nayeri, middle, and Bac Duong, right, on Jan. 23, 2016.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released these photos of Jonathan Tieu, left, Hossein Nayeri, middle, and Bac Duong, right, on Jan. 23, 2016.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say three inmates who escaped from a maximum-security jail in Southern California cut through half-inch steel bars, got to the roof and rappelled down using a makeshift rope.

They escaped Friday at the Orange County Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock says Saturday that the inmates had an elaborate plan that may also have involved creating a jail disturbance. It’s unclear if they had outside help.

Authorities are hunting for 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who’s been charged with a gang-related murder; 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder, and 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, who’s charged with the 2012 kidnapping of a marijuana dispensary owner whose penis was cut off.

Hallock says the three are very dangerous and anyone seeing them should call 911.