A 41-year-old Westminster man pleaded not guilty Monday to helping three inmates after they escaped from an Orange County jail in January.
Tung Nguyen, who was arrested Friday, is charged with one count of being an accessory after the fact.
Nguyen allegedly provided money and beer to one of the escapees, Bac Tien Duong, after the trio arrived at Nguyen’s home following the breakout, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Bail for Nguyen was set at $500,000 and he was ordered to return to court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.
Nguyen’s attorney, Joanne Harrold, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Duong, 43, Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Joanthan Tieu, 20, escaped sometime between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Jan. 22, according to the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff’s officials said the men cut through a steel grate, half-inch steel bars and plumbing tunnels before making their way to an unsecured part of the jail’s roof and using makeshift ropes to rappel several floors to the ground.
—Staff and wire reports
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