Three maximum security inmates broke out of Orange County Jail, spent days on the run and recorded the entire thing.
Video obtained by NBC4 shows a first-person perspective of the escape earlier this year. It contains voice-overs from one of the escapees, a compilation of news clips regarding their break-out, and video of their time fleeing authorities.
It was provided by an attorney connected to the case, not by the Orange County District Attorney’s office and appeared to be heavily edited.
The video starts out with a view inside Module F, a maximum security dorm at the prison — how inmates obtained the phone is not clear.
Their daring escape begins just ahead of the 4:30-mark. The video sees Adam Hossein Nayeri lift a sawed bunk bed leg to reveal a cut metal screen that he shimmies through.
He’s joined by Bac Duong and Jonathan Tieu and they all escape through the opening and into the plumbing shafts behind the prison walls. As they make their way up to the roof of the prison, Nayeri turns and gives thumbs up to the cell phone camera.
The footage does not shot how the group of inmates manage to get off the prison’s roof.
“My name is Adam Hossein Nayeri,” he says at one point in the video. “You know, a lot of people credit us with some Houdini escape act all in eight minutes flat. It’s an interesting myth.”
“In reality we did leave that mod after count. Not the one they’re claiming though. I left that module at least eight hours earlier the night before.”
His account differs from officers’ version of events, which suggests the inmates escaped Jan. 22 around 5 a.m. where Nayeri says they escaped hours earlier.
In another portion of the video, Nayeri references Long Ma, the taxi driver the group of inmates are charged with kidnapping, according to the news station. He reportedly drove the three escapees north.
Photos of Ma and Tieu posing on the beach also appear on the cellphone, according to the news station. Authorities said Duong and Nayeri got into a fight because Nayeri wanted to kill Ma while Duong did not.
Duong would go on to escape with Ma and turn himself in to police in southern California. Ma tried to claim the reward money for the missing inmates, according to the news station.
Nayeri and Tieu were arrested Jan. 28 after a civilian flagged down officers, not far from San Francico’s Golden Gate bridge.
“We scared a lot of people and caused a lot of anxiety and fear.” Nayeri says at the end of the clip. “I can’t say I feel good about that. I can’t.”