San Francisco Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Reward in Capture of Escaped OC Inmates - NBC Bay Area
San Francisco

San Francisco

The latest news from around San Francisco

San Francisco Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Reward in Capture of Escaped OC Inmates

Orange County Supervisor Tom Spitzer delivered the check to the homeless man on Thursday.

San Francisco Homeless Man Gets $100,000 Reward in Capture of Escaped OC Inmates
Matthew Hay-Chapman (right) received a $100,000 reward from OC Supervisor Tom Spitzer (left) after helping police capture three escaped inmates. (March, 17, 2016)

A San Francisco homeless man received his $100,000 reward Thursday after helping police capture three inmates who escaped a Southern California prison in January.

Matthew Hay-Chapman, 55, recognized escaped inmates Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu and followed them into a McDonald's restaurant. He was one of four people to receive a portion of the $150,000 reward offered in exchange for the prisoners' capture.

Hay-Chapman flagged down officers who were on duty Jan. 30 and reported seeing the two prisoners, who had escaped from a prison in Santa Ana and fled north to San Francisco.

San Francisco police were able to find and capture Nayeri, who was wanted on charges of kidnap and torture, after a brief chase. They then tracked down Tieu, who had been imprisoned on murder charges, as he was hiding in a white van nearby.

Homeless Man Spots Van Used by OC Fugitives

[BAY] Homeless Man Spots Van Used by OC Fugitives
A homeless man in San Francisco who reported sighting a stolen van being used by two jail fugitives could end up collecting $140,000 in reward money, according to a newspaper account. Pete Suratos reports.
(Published Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016)

Orange County Supervisor Tom Spitzer delivered the check to Hay-Chapman.

"I had a duty to help bring these individuals back into custody," Chapman previously said in a voicemail to Spitzer.

Chapman told the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 2 that he hoped to use the reward money to help his children and his grandchildren, who are in foster care in Oregon.

KiMi Robinson and Lori Bentley contributed to this report.

Get the latest from NBC Bay Area anywhere, anytime
  • Download the App

    Available for IOS and Android

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS