A dispatcher calmly talked a man and a woman through helping one of three inmates who escaped from a Southern California jail more a week ago peacefully turn himself in to police, according to audio of their 911 call that was released Sunday.
Bac Tien Duong, 43, turned himself in to Santa Ana police at 11:21 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) Friday after a friend called authorities, Santa Ana police Sgt. Don Humphrey said. It took only 91 seconds from the time the call was made until Duong was in cuffs.
The two other inmates who escaped with Duong — Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37 — were captured Saturday morning about 400 miles north in the San Francisco Bay Area.
They were returned to the Orange County Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana about 1 a.m. Sunday.
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Duong contacted his friend on the street on Santa Ana and "stated he wanted to turn himself in, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said.
A woman called 911 and initially had a little difficulty convincing the operator that one of the most wanted men in California was in town and wanted to surrender:
Caller: "I'm calling about Bac Duong. I have him here. He is ready to turn himself in.
Dispatcher: "I’m sorry, who is ready to turn himself in?"
Caller: "Bac Duong, B A C. The three inmates that escaped. I have one of them here."
The woman then reiterates: "He just came here. He said he scared [sic] to turn himself in, so he asked me to call."
A man comes on the line and tells the dispatcher the same thing, adding that Duong "is not armed or anything. He just wants to turn himself in peacefully."
The dispatcher then calmly walks the man through what's going to happen next, urging him to tell Duong "not to be afraid" and that "we appreciate that he is turning himself in."
The dispatcher says Duong will see a large number of police coming up and that he should keep his hands in the sir.
Promising that she'll stay on the line through the entire process, she reassures the man: "We're not here to hurt anybody. OK? If he wants to turn himself in, that's what we're going to do. OK?"
The man then reports that officers have arrived and "they're handcuffing him."
"Good!" the dispatcher says.
A teacher at the jail, Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, was arrested Thursday and accused of having given Google Earth images showing the area around the jail to Nayeri.
Ravaghi, who taught English-as-a-Second-Language classes, developed a relationship with Nayeri when he was in her class, but it isn't clear whether she knew about the planned escape, authorities said.