SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The first of three fugitives to be caught after a California jail escape said he was scared and ready to surrender, a 911 call released Monday revealed.
Bac Duong, 43, appeared at the auto shop of a woman he knows on Friday, a week after the jail break, and told her to call police because he was ready to give up.
A man and a woman can be heard speaking to a dispatcher on the call.
“I am sorry. Who is ready to turn himself in?” the dispatcher replies at first.
The woman then says “Bac Duong. B-A-C, the three inmates that escaped, I have one of them here. He just came in. He said he’s scared to turn himself in, so he’s asked me to call.”
A man comes on the line and says he is “100 percent sure” that it was Duong, and that the inmate was not causing problems.
“He is not armed or anything,” the man says. “He just wants to turn himself in.”
The dispatcher tells the man to make it clear that many police officers would be coming and he would have to have his hands up when they arrive.
“Nobody wants. we are not here to hurt anybody, OK?” the dispatcher says. “If he wants to turn himself in, that’s what we are going to do, OK?”
He was taken into custody without trouble.
Duong had been essential to the escape, authorities said, recruiting the outside help the men needed to break out and stealing the van they used to go on the lam. But he disagreed with one of the other two inmates, who were caught a day later, over whether to kill a hostage. That fallout led to his returning to Southern California to surrender.
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