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Officials: One of three fugitive inmates arrested in California

Bac Duong was arrested Friday by police in Santa Ana, the same city where the trio made their elaborate escape from the county jail.

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This undated photo provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office shows Bac Duong, one of three inmates who escaped Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, from the county's Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif.

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Authorities say they have captured one of three inmates who escaped from a California jail last week while facing charges involving violent crimes.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said 43-year-old Bac Duong was arrested Friday by police in Santa Ana, the same city where the trio made their elaborate escape from the county jail.

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Hutchens says Duong flagged down a citizen on a street and said he wanted to turn himself in.

The men escaped early Jan. 22 from the Orange County jail after cutting a hole in a metal grate then crawling through plumbing tunnels and onto the roof of a five-story jail building.

They pushed aside barbed wire and rappelled down using a rope made of bed sheets.

Duong, Jonathan Tieu and Hossein Nayeri had all been awaiting trial for unrelated violent crimes.

They had been held in a dormitory with about 65 other men in Santa Ana, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Southern California law enforcement officials believe the other two men who escaped from the Orange County jail are still in the region.

County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock urged residents Friday to remain on the lookout for a stolen white van that the men are believed to be using.

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A woman who taught English as a second language to one of the inmates has been booked as an accessory to the escape.

The sheriff's spokesman says she played a significant role in the escape, including providing the men Google Earth maps of the entire jail complex. Hallock says the two exchanged letters of a personal nature, but he could not say if they were romantically involved.

Hallock says the woman denies providing tools.