Cops: Jail English Teacher Helped 3 Inmates Escape

She allegedly provided the men maps
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 28, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Cops: Jail English Teacher Helped 3 Inmates Escape

Authorities say a teacher has been arrested on suspicion of helping three inmate—including an alleged killer—escape from a maximum-security jail in Southern California, the AP reports. They believe the men may be living in a stolen van. Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock says a woman who taught English as a second language to inmates may have supplied maps to the men before they cut and climbed their way out of Orange County Central Men's Jail last Friday. Nooshafarian Ravaghi, 44, was arrested Thursday. Authorities say she had some kind of relationship with one of the men. Hallock says the men are believed to be still in California and that one apparently stole a white van on Sunday in South Los Angeles. Hallock says about 10 people have been arrested so far in connection with the breakout.

The breakout has been called "very sophisticated-looking." And authorities believe the three men had help breaking free. The escapees are 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, who had been held on a $1 million bond since October 2013 on charges of murder, attempted murder, and shooting at an inhabited dwelling; Hossein Nayeri, 37, who had been held without bond since September 2014 on charges of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem, and burglary for allegedly cutting a marijuana dispensary owner's penis off; and 43-year-old Bac Duong, who was being held without bond since last month on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, and more. (Read more prison break stories.)

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