SANTA ANA, Calif. – Here are some key dates and events in the escape and hunt for three California inmates who broke out of a maximum security jail using a Google Earth map, cutting tools and a rope made of bed linens. Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, were all back in custody Saturday after Nayeri and Tieu were arrested in San Francisco. Duong turned himself in Friday.
All times Pacific.
— Friday, Jan. 22, 5 a.m.: Nayeri, Tieu and Duong are last seen at an early morning head count in the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana, California.
— Friday, Jan. 22, sometime after 5 a.m.: Nayeri, Tieu and Duong saw through a metal grate, crawl through a plumbing tunnel to the jail’s roof and rappel four stories to freedom using a rope made of bedsheets. Jail staff don’t realize they’re missing for 16 hours.
— Friday, Jan. 22, 9 p.m.: Jail staff realizes the three are missing during an evening head count.
— Saturday, Jan. 23: Authorities say Duong steals a white GMC van after responding to a Craig’s List ad. Search efforts are focused on Southern California.
— Thursday, Jan. 28: Law enforcement conduct raids of suspected gang locations in Westminster. Over the week, authorities arrest 10 people on probation and parole violations to put pressure on Vietnamese street gangs who might be helping the trio.
— Friday, Jan. 29: Duong walks into an auto repair shop in Santa Ana and says he wants to surrender. The hunt shifts to the north after Duong tells investigators he was with Nayeri and Tieu in San Jose as recently as Thursday afternoon.
— Saturday, Jan. 30: Nayeri and Tieu are arrested in San Francisco after a tipster spots the white van parked near a Whole Foods Market.