SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the 3 inmates who escaped from a California jail (all times local):
Orange County's district attorney has rebuked one of the prosecutors in his office for referring to one of the three escaped inmates there as "Hannibal Lecter."
Prosecutor Heather Brown made the remarks to the Orange County Register, comparing escaped inmate Hossein Nayeri to the famed cannibal villain from "Silence of the Lambs" and other movies and TV shows. She also called Nayeri "diabolical," ''incredibly violent" and "cunning."
On Tuesday her boss, District Attorney Tony Rackauckus (ruh-KAH'-kuhs), called the comments inappropriate, uninformed and rash. He said they were not authorized by him or anyone from his office.
Nayeri, who escaped the maximum-security jail along with two other inmates on Friday, is accused of kidnapping, torture, aggravated mayhem and burglary. Authorities say he kidnapped a marijuana dealer, burned him with a blow torch and cut off his penis because Nayeri thought the man had buried money in the desert.
A spokesman says the sheriff who oversees the California jail where three inmates escaped is extremely troubled by how long it took to determine they were missing.
Orange County sheriff's spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock expressed the sentiments of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens at a news conference Tuesday, four days after the three inmates escaped from the maximum-security jail.
The inmates got an hours-long head start in part because an attack on a guard delayed an evening count of prisoners.
Hallock said a preliminary investigation has revealed that there could be wider problems with the way this jail keeps track of inmates.
He said the jail is supposed to conduct five counts in a 24-hour period. In two, each inmate is supposed to be matched with a photo, and in the other three a total tally is taken.
Hallock did not specify what the problems in the jail might have been.
Immigration authorities and records indicate that one of three inmates who escaped from a California jail had been ordered deported to Vietnam in 1998 but remained in the country and racked up a lengthy rap sheet including an attempted murder charge.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Tuesday that 43-year-old Bac Duong came to the United States legally in 1991 but was ordered removed seven years later.
Authorities say Duong had been checking in with federal immigration officials until August 2014.
In 2008, Vietnam agreed to provide documents to help repatriate immigrants but only those who entered the U.S. since July 1995.
U.S. officials can't detain immigrants indefinitely while they await deportation and must release most after six months.
Sheriff's officials say Duong and two other inmates escaped from jail Friday.