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Authorities capture escaped California prisoners

Three fugitives are in custody after an audacious escape from a Southern California jail last week.

One escapee, Bac Duong, 43, turned himself in to police on Friday, a week after the fugitives fled a Los Angeles-area detention center.

By Saturday morning, the authorities closed in on the two remaining prisoners in San Francisco.

Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, were spotted by a citizen who recognized a police description of their stolen white van and called the authorities, who captured one man after a foot chase and found the other hiding inside the vehicle.

“A citizen saw someone, saw something suspicious, notified an officer, and that notification ultimately led to the apprehension of two armed and dangerous  suspects,” said a San Francisco spokeswoman in the hours following their capture.

Police said later said they did not find a weapon on the men, but did find ammunition inside the van.

The trio been awaiting trial for various violent crimes, including a murder charge, when on Jan. 22 they broke out of an inmate dormitory where they were being held outside of Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.

The men cut through metal and shimmied through the detention center’s air ducts before they descended from the building’s roof on bed sheets they had strung together, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police have arrested several people since the men escaped the detentions facility, including an English-as-a-second-language teacher who is suspected of aiding their escape, according to authorities.

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