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The men were last seen Friday during an early morning head count at Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana. An evening head count was delayed by a fight authorities now say may have been an intentional diversion, sheriff's official said. When the head count was finally taken, the men had vanished.
An investigation quickly determined the men cut through steel bars and into the jail's duct work, using it to climb to the roof. They then cut through a section of razor wire and, rapelling down makeshift rope made of bedsheets, slipped away to freedom.
Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said security changes were immediately made at the prison.
"The preliminary investigation into the escape and how it occurred has caused the sheriff concern," Hallock said. Inmate count practices were among issues being reviewed, he added.
All three men were awaiting trial for violent crimes. Nayeri had been held without bond since September 2014, charged with kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Nayeri and two other men are accused of kidnapping a California marijuana dispensary owner in 2012, driving him to a spot in the desert where they believed he had hidden money and then torturing him.
Deputy District Attorney Heather Brown told the The Orange County Register that Nayeri was a likely candidate to have planned the escape. She described him as diabolical and compared him to legendary film villain
Salvatore Ciulla, Nayeri's lawyer, told Los Angeles ABC7-TV that authorities, and thus the media, have essentially convicted Nayeri before his trial, which had been scheduled for next month.
"I would just like to see him turn himself in, and we could move forward with this case," he told the station.
Duong was being held without bond since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and other charges.
Tieu had been held since October 2013 on $1 million bond on charges of murder, attempted murder and shooting at an inhabited dwelling. His case is believed to be gang-related.