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Jail break: Three inmates charged with violent crimes including torture and murder escape California jail

Published 23/01/2016 | 19:12

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Three inmates charged with violent crimes including torture and murder have escaped a Southern California jail, setting off a frantic manhunt.

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Lieutenant Jeff Hallock with the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Saturday that the inmates were last seen at 5am on Friday at the Central Men's Jail.

They could have escaped anytime between then and late Friday night.

The men include 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who is charged with murder. The others are 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri, charged with kidnapping and torture, and 43-year-old Bac Duong, charged with attempted murder. The men's criminal cases are unrelated.

Lt Hallock declined to explain how the men escaped the 900-inmate jail in Santa Ana. He says it could be the first-ever escape from the facility.

Lt Hallock says all the department's resources are dedicated to finding the men.

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