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UPDATE 3:13 pm ET: Trace Gallagher reported on Shepard Smith Reporting that Bac Duong has turned himself in.

The sheriff told Fox News that the inmate is said to have walked up to someone on the street and surrendered.

But conflicting reports indicate that he was turned in by someone he knew, said Trace.

It is not yet clear where the other two escapees are, though at least one of them is believed to have ties to Vietnamese gangs in the local area.


One of the violent convicts who escaped from a Southern California prison last weekend had been ordered deported nearly 10 years ago, immigration officials say.

Bac Duong, 43, reportedly entered the U.S. illegally in 1991.

 

But it wasn’t until 1998 – after serving time in state prison for burglary – that he was ordered to return to his native Vietnam, the Associated Press reports.

Duong escaped from the Orange County jail last Friday with inmates Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37.

Officials say the trio used tools to cut through a screen on a dormitory wall, and trekked through plumbing tunnels to escape.

Charles Payne asked former prosecutor Katie Phang this morning how something like this could happen.

“This is an epic domestic security fail across the board,” she replied.

Phang pointed out that Duong was taken into custody in 2003.

“But because ICE immigration policies state that unless you pose ‘a national security risk,’ you cannot be held indefinitely, they let him out a year later,” she explained.

“It seems like Vietnam has taken over the United States’ immigration policies,” she added.

“Because Vietnam said, ‘We’re not gonna give him the papers to send him back to us, so you guys can keep him.’”

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