5 arrests in search for escaped inmates

Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Thursday Jan. 28, 2016.

At least five people connected to a Vietnamese gang that two escaped inmates were members of have been arrested, a California sheriff said Wednesday. Neighbor of woman suspected of helping OC inmates escape speaks out “James” added that he could not understand how Ravaghi could get herself entangled in such a crime and he was not aware she worked at the jail. The sheriff wants guards more vigilant about ensuring they have the right number of bodies in a jail module when they aren’t doing actual physical body counts.

Around 30 warrants had been served since the escape was discovered.

“We house based on behavior, and there were no issues with any of these individuals while in our custody”, Hutchens said.

The trio escaped from the Santa Ana lockup sometime after 5 a.m last Friday, cutting through four layers of steel, metal and rebar as they moved through the jail’s plumbing tunnels and an air duct.

This undated photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department shows Nooshafarin Ravaghi. “We have taken immediate steps to rectify that by changing our count procedures and tightening up in other areas”, Hutchens said.

The three men who brazenly escaped from a Santa Ana jail have violent pasts.

“I thought it was kind of unusual how they were able to escape”, said Danny Tran, 25. “We are looking into the escape itself and how it occurred and whether there was any outside or inside help”.

On Wednesday, authorities released new photographs of Duong – which show his tattoos – in the hope that they would help the public identify him.

The men cut through a metal grate, crawled through plumbing tunnels, sawed through steel bars, then used a rope made of bed linens to rappel down from the roof of the jail to freedom, authorities say.

Police soon matched the ditched vehicle to Nayeri and realized the surveillance gear inside had been used to monitor the victim, said Robert K. Weinberg, a defense attorney who is representing one of Nayeri’s co-defendants in that case.

Court papers indicate Nayeri – who served in the U.S. Marine Corps – has bipolar disorder.

Ravaghi was a teacher contracted with the Rancho Santiago Community College district and taught classes at the jail since around July, Hallock said.

The fact that a jail employee was involved in the escape plot is likely to stoke even more criticism of the Sheriff’s Department, which has already been blasted for failing to detect the escape plot until late Friday night, more than 16 hours after the fugitives had vanished. A few months later, two more inmates escaped through the same un-repaired opening. Tieu lived in the neighborhood and has local gang connections, authorities said, and Duong is a Vietnamese national who entered the USA legally in 1991, though he was ordered deported in 1998.

Duong, 43, is a citizen of Vietnam who has been a permanent resident of the United States since 1991, according to Department of Homeland Security records. After an appeal that was eventually denied, Immigration and Customs officials took custody of him in 2003, Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said. He complied with that order until August 2014, according to ICE, which lodged a detainer against him following his Orange County arrest and sought notification before his release.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department shows Hossein Nayeri


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