A California English teacher has been arrested in connection with the escape of three dangerous fugitives.
Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, taught English-as-a-second-language classes at the Men’s Central Jail in Santa Ana. While working at the prison, police say she grew so fond of one inmate, she may have helped the trio escape, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Ravaghi, who was arrested Thursday afternoon, denies giving the inmates any tools to break out, but authorities say she let one use Google Maps to hatch a plan.
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Fugitives Jonathan Tieu, 20; Bac Duong, 43; and Hossein Nayeri, 37, are still on the run. The men have a long list of various charges, including Tieu and Duong’s attempted murder charges. Nayeri’s charges include kidnapping and torture after he allegedly cut a man’s penis off to extort money.
The escapees managed to cut through metal walls and bars before finally making their way to the roof. From the prison roof, they used sheets tied together as rope and rappelled down.
The men have each been charged with a felony that will add years to their sentences if they are caught. Almost a dozen people have been arrested for possibly aiding the escape.
“WE NEED YOUR HELP,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said on Facebook. “If you see one or more of them, they are to be considered dangerous and possibly armed- immediately call 9-1-1.” Authorities say the fugitives could be in a stolen, white van.
“We feel that they may be embedded somewhere in the community,” Orange County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Sawyer, said at a Monday press conference.Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Casey on Twitter and like him on Facebook.
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