SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the escape of three prisoners from a county jail in Southern California (all times local):
Authorities say the three men who remain at large after breaking out of a Southern California jail have now been charged with a felony for the escape.
The Orange County district attorney's office announced the new charge Monday night against 43-year-old Tien Duong, 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri and 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu.
All three were awaiting trials for unrelated violent felonies.
The escape charge could mean three extra years in prison for Nayeri and Tieu, and nine extra years for Duong because of previous convictions.
The men escaped on Friday, somehow cutting through metal, getting into plumbing tunnels and rappelling from a roof using braided ropes made from linens.
California law enforcement authorities believe at least two of the three men who staged an elaborate escape from an Orange County jail on Friday are still in the region.
County sheriff's officials had a Vietnamese-speaking deputy appeal for public help during a press conference Monday.
Orange County has a large number of Vietnamese-Americans, and Lt. Dave Sawyer said officials believe 20-year-old Jonathan Tieu and 43-year-old Bac Duong may be "embedded" in the community.
The two men and 37-year-old Hossein Nayeri were awaiting trial for violent crimes when they vanished Friday.