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(NEW YORK) —  The last two of three inmates who escaped a maximum-security jail in Southern California more than a week ago were captured Saturday morning in San Francisco, 400 miles north of where they escaped, police said.

Just before 9 a.m. Saturday, a citizen flagged down officers in San Francisco’s Park District regarding a “suspicious” person and car, the San Francisco Police Department said.

The citizen noted that the car matched the description of the fugitives’ stolen van and the individual possibly matched one of the escapees, the police said.

Officers pursued the suspect, identified as escapee Hoseein Nayer, 37, and apprehended him, police said.

Officers also responded to the suspicious van where they found the other escapee, Jonathan Tieu, 20, hiding inside, police said.

Tieu, Nayeri and Tien Duong, 43, broke out of the Orange County Men’s Central Jail more than a week ago. Duong turned himself into authorities Friday after telling residents in Santa Ana, Calif., that he wanted to surrender, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

The three cut through steel bars in their group holding area, traveling through plumbing pipes before they reached the roof, authorities said. They were last seen Jan. 22 at 5 a.m. in a holding area, and the inmates’ escape wasn’t confirmed until 16 hours later, giving them a lengthy head start on authorities searching for them.

Nooshafarin Ravaghi a jail teacher, was arrested Thursday on charges of accessory to felony. Ravaghi, 44, allegedly provided the inmates with a photo she printed from Google Earth that would have shown an image of the entire jail complex.

She denied providing the inmates with weapons or tools that would have helped them cut through their steel cell bars, police said.

Duong had been facing charges of attempted murder, while Tieu was charged with murder and Nayeri was charged with torture and kidnapping. All three inmates pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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