A trio of inmates at a California jail recorded their escape with a contraband cell phone — then apparently cut a video narrating the details of the brazen jailbreak.
The 15-minute, heavily-edited clip was provided by an attorney in the case to NBC4 and includes a voiceover by one of the alleged escapees explaining the daring escape from the Orange County Jail.
“My name is Adam Hossein Nayeri,” the narrator on the video says. “You know, a lot of people like to credit us with some Houdini escape act all in eight minutes flat. It’s an interesting myth: Three guys sneaking out of a maximum-security module right after a supposed 5 a.m. count without anyone noticing.”
Nayeri, who was captured in January, continued: “In reality, it is true, we did leave that mod after count. Not the one they’re claiming though, I left that module at least eight hour earlier, the night before…As far set up goes, well, we had a duffel bag and a backpack full of stuff.”
Those items, according to Nayeri’s account, included “hundreds of feet” of industrial-grade rope, a toolbox, shoes, clothes and much more.
“But this was no secret, I mean, they knew about all this within hours afterwards,” Nayeri said. “I don’t know why they still chose to stand with the string story, the 5 a.m. count and whatever else. I’m sure they have good reasons, they always do. They even tried to blame an innocent person initially.”
The video then abruptly cuts to show what appears to be the inside of the jail, with dozens of inmates in orange jumpsuits in cell blocks. The camera also briefly shows Nayeri’s fellow escapee, Bac Duong, who smiles for the camera. Other inmates, whose identities have been disguised, are also seen in the footage.
The video then shows Nayeri lifting a sawed-off bunk beg leg, revealing a previously-cut metal screen behind it. He then slides the screen aside before disappearing into a vent — where his hand soon emerges to give a thumbs up to the camera.
The video then shows Nayeri, Bac Duong and Jonathan Tieu in the bowels of the building’s plumbing system, with Tieu squinting his eyes at one point from the light of the cell phone.
The skyline of downtown Santa Ana is then seen on the video as the inmates reach the rooftop of the jail. It’s still unclear how the inmates were able to get off the roof, but the video suddenly turns to a series of pictures of the men enjoying freedom — including one photo of Nayeri on a beach.
The picture shows a man standing in the background, believed to be a taxi driver — identified by NBC4 as Long Ma — whom the inmates allegedly kidnapped and forced to drive them north, according to NBC4.
“You know, we were so grateful he decided to help us,” Nayeri said. “This man is truly a hero. I wonder if people will ever realize what I’m talking about. He’s just a really compassionate person. He wanted no harm to anyone, to others, to us. When things fall apart, you just never know, you never know what a really intense situation can do to a man.”
Lt. Lane Lagaret, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, declined to comment on the video when reached by The Post on Wednesday.
“The video released today contains footage that is part of an ongoing investigation and is consistent with information OCSD has already supplied verbally to the media,” Largaret said in a statement. “We will not provide additional comment on a video narrative that seeks to make light of criminal actions.”
Duong later turned himself into authorities. Nayeri and Tieu eluded a statewide manhunt for more than a week before being captured in San Francisco.
The alliance between Nayeri and Tieu reportedly eroded over a disagreement on whether to kill the cab driver they’d taken hostage