- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 41-year-old Westminster man has pleaded not guilty to helping three men evade authorities after they broke out of an Orange County jail in January.

City News Service reported Monday that Tung Nguyen was ordered to return to court Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.

His bail was set at $500,000.

Prosecutors say Nguyen provided money and beer to one of the escapees, Bac Tien Duong, after the three arrived at his home.

Duong, Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu escaped Jan. 22.

They kidnapped a cab driver at gunpoint that same day and fled to Northern California. But a week later Duong returned with the driver and surrendered.

The others were captured in San Francisco the next day after a homeless man saw their stolen van and contacted police.

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