FBI Searches For ‘Extremely Dangerous’ California Prison Escapees Who Cut Through Steel Bars To Flee

The manhunt continues to find three jail escapees who are on the run from a Southern California facility.

CNN says the three fugitives who slid out of the Orange County Correctional Men’s Jail are accused of murder, attempted murder and torture. They have been identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri and 43-year-old Bac Tien Duong.

CNN highlights one of the attacks one of the escapees was convicted of committing. The report says Nayeri attacked a man in the desert, poured bleach on him and set the man on fire before severing his penis. The victim lived. The other two escapees are reportedly Vietnamese gang members. They were all reportedly awaiting trial at the time of their daring escape.Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 11.16.16 AM

Orange County Sheriff Lt. Jeff Hallock told CNN, “This was a very sophisticated escape. They cut through a quarter-inch metal plate. They crawled through unsecured plumbing tunnels to the roof. They cut through steel rebar.”

After they made it out to the open air, Hallock went on to say the trio braided sheets into ropes and made their way down a 50-feet drop of about five stories before fleeing on foot.

Authorities say they aren’t sure who may have witnessed the escape or what time the getaway occurred. According to CNN, two head counts were done on the day they left; one at 5 a.m. and another at 8 p.m. Hallock told the news agency he believes they may have escaped sometime after the morning count.

In 2015, CrimeFeed told you about two prisoners who committed an elaborate escape from a facility in New York. Prison worker Joyce Mitchell was convicted of helping the men out of the facility.

CNN spoke to a retired FBI supervisory special agent. He believes the trio had assistance. “These guys had to have help to begin with to get out of the place. The same people who helped them up to that point are going to help them later. And so they probably had someone waiting.”

ABC News says no one at the Sheriff’s Office is suspected of being involved in the great escape. The investigation at this point continues. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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Photo: Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office