SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- A homeless man who helped police capture two of the escaped inmates from Orange County may have some reward money coming his way.
Matthew Hay-Chapman spotted the escapees' stolen van at a Whole Foods supermarket in San Francisco and alerted police.
Police approached Hossein Nayeri, the suspected mastermind of the jailbreak, and he was captured after a short foot chase.
The second fugitive, Jonathan Tieu, was found hiding in the van with ammunition but no gun, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said. He surrendered without incident.
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A new report prepared by Orange County supervisors Todd Spitzer and Andre Do says Hay-Chapman deserves up to $100,000 for his efforts.
The inmates, Bac Duong, Nayeri and Tieu, spent a week on the run after cutting their way through steel plates at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana and rappelling from the roof on Jan. 22.
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The escapees took a taxi driver hostage, then stole the van and fled to San Jose. Duong helped the taxi driver flee and surrendered at an auto repair shop in Santa Ana about a week after their escape. Tieu and Nayeri were caught in San Francisco the next day.
Orange County supervisors may vote on awarding Hay-Chapman later this month.
"The public's engagement provided law enforcement with the information necessary to capture these fugitives," Do said in a press release. "Authorizing the reward is only part of our ongoing review process to ensure that we prevent anything like this from happening again." null
Reward suggested for homeless man who helped find 2 OC jail escapees
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