- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say three inmates have pleaded not guilty to making a brazen escape from the Orange County jail and kidnapping a cab driver while they were on the run.

Orange County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Roxi Fyad says Hossein Nayeri, Bac Duong and Jonathan Tieu entered not guilty pleas Friday.

She says they are due in court July 15.

The men are charged with escape, unlawfully taking a vehicle and kidnapping to commit robbery.

Authorities say the trio escaped from jail in Santa Ana in January by climbing behind walls to the roof and rappelling down using bed linen.

Authorities say the men kidnapped a cab driver and headed to Northern California before Duong freed the cabbie and turned himself in a week later.

Nayeri and Tieu were recaptured.

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