SF homeless man who spotted SoCal fugitives to get $100,000 reward

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
SF homeless man who spotted SoCal fugitives to get $100K reward
A homeless man from San Francisco who pointed police toward two Orange County inmates who had escaped from jail will get the lion's share of a $150,000 reward set up for their successful capture, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday.

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- With direction from the Orange County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, the county board of supervisors divvied up the $150,000 reward offered after three inmates escaped jail in January.

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The board voted to give the money to four people: two employees at a Target in Rosemead who called police after spotting inmates Jonathan Tieu, Hossein Nayeri and Bac Duong; the man who gave police details about his now infamous stolen van posted on Craigslist; and Matthew Hay-Chapman, a homeless man in San Francisco who directed police to Nayeri and Tieu.

In an interview last month, Hay-Chapman told ABC7 News that if he got the money he'd like to use it to start a new life and help his grown children who have also had some tough times.

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Each person will be rewarded the following amounts from the reward: the Target employees, Hazel Javier and Jeffrey Arana, will get $15,000 each; Armando Damien, the owner of the stolen van, will receive $20,000; and Matthew Hay Chapman will receive $100,000.

Supervisor Shawn Nelson voted against rewarding Damien. He wasn't the only person upset though as Hoang Tu, the attorney for Long Ma, the cab driver kidnapped by the inmates, insisted his client should receive a piece of the money.

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Tu said they're still considering a lawsuit against the county. In the wake of the escape, the board also approved a new position at the sheriff's department to provide internal oversight.

Tieu, 20, Nayeri, 37, and Duong, 40, escaped the Orange County Central Men's Jail on Jan. 22. The trio concocted an elaborate escape plan that involved cutting through steel bars, plumbing tunnels and rappelling down the jail's roof.

Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43, are shown above in undated mugshots.

After a few days on the run, Bac Duong turned himself in. On Jan. 30, Nayeri and Tieu were located in a stolen white van near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

County staff confirmed all of the checks were handed out after Tuesday's meeting, except for Hay-Chapman, who was not in attendance.