SANTA ANA, Calif. --Eyewitness News got an exclusive look at the planned escape route taken by three inmates who broke out of a maximum security jail in Santa Ana
Orange County sheriff's deputies say a section of barb wire on the jail roof was cut and pulled back. Authorities believe that's where inmates Jonathan Tieu, 20, Bac Duong, 43, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, used makeshift ropes to rappel to the ground.
The three men were last accounted for around 5 a.m. last Friday. Jail authorities realized they were missing by 9 p.m. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said she believes the men definitely had help from the outside.
She also said she believes Nayeri was the mastermind behind the escape plan.
As far as the jail itself is concerned, Hutchens said the aging facility presents challenges. The jail's only outdoor recreational space for inmates is on the roof. State law requires inmates to get three hours outside per week.
"Our other facilities have outdoor recreation. We would not have to take them on the roof. We don't like to do it, but we have no choice," Hutchens said.
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Hutchens announced on Wednesday that five arrests have been made in connection with the escape