In a story that is quite the Escape from Alcatraz tale (sans swimming), a group of three inmates escaped from a maximum-security jail in Southern California on Friday, and now authorities say they are probably armed.
The Associated Press reported Sunday that Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told the public to “presume that they are armed and do not approach them.” They were last seen early in the morning on Friday, and escaped from about 40 miles southeast of Los Angeles wearing orange jumpsuits.
The felons escaped by cutting through a series of steel bars and plumbing tunnels and then rappelling from the roof three stories down using bedsheets they’d tied together.
The escapees were in jail for an array of violent crimes: 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu for murder and attempted murder, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri for torture, kidnapping and burglary, and 43-year-old Bac Duong for attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon among other charges.
It’s the first escape from the Orange County Central Men’s Jail in 20 years, but it’s not the only high-profile prison break in recent memory—though we all know how well that one ended.
[Image via AP]