Homeless man helps nab fugitives, gets $100,000 reward

Matthew Hay-Chapman will receive $100,000 for his tip that lead to the capture of Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu, CBSLA reported.

Nayeri and Tieu, along with Bac Duong, escaped from a Santa Ana, California Jail on Jan. 22. 

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Duong had surrendered to police earlier, but the other two were still on the run.

Hay-Chapman saw the pair, recognizing them from photos on the Drudge Report, and a white GMC van Nayeri and Tieu are accused of stealing in San Diego, CBSLA reported.

He pointed them out to police, leading to the arrest of Nayeri and Tieu.

Three other witnesses will split $50,000 remaining from the $150,000 offered by the Orange County Board of Supervisors for information that led to the fugitives' capture.

Hay-Chapman had been living in the botanical garden at Golden Gate Park. He had become homeless after family tragedies, and not being able to work because of severe back pain, the Orange County Register reported last month.

He would go to the library to check the news online and read newspapers he would find.

Before the reward money was officially approved by the supervisors, Hay-Chapman told the Register that he would like to get his life back on track and help his son, daughter and grandchildren, the Register reported.

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