According to The Los Angeles Times, Long Hoang Ma, a 71 year old cab driver, was held captive by the three men who escaped the Orange County jail in late January.
On January 22, Ma received a call from a man requesting to be picked up outside of a Garden Grove restaurant at about 9:30 P.M. This was not an unusual request, as Ma had his taxiing service advertised in Vietnamese-language papers.
Upon arriving to the location, he picked up Hossein Nayeri, 37, Bac Duong, 43, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, who had escaped from the Santa Ana jail in which they were residing in while waiting for trail for various criminal charges.
For the following week, Ma was forced to accompany the men everywhere. While the average person would be terrified, Ma took comfort in God stating, “Dead or alive — it’s up to God, I know I have no control over what happens to me.”
As the week continued, Ma took the men to local department stores, helped them get a hotel room, listened to their conversations, observed behaviors amongst the men, and did whatever was asked of him.
On Thursday, January 25 two of the men, Nayeri and Tieu, left their hotel room in San Jose to get the windows tinted on a van that Duong had stolen.
While they were away, Duong drove Ma back to Southern California and expressed his desire to surrender. That week he turned himself in to the authorities, and the next day the remaining two men were also captured.
Since then, many have wondered how no one noticed Ma’s absence. Ma is divorced from his wife, does not have a relationship with any of his four children, and has very few friends.
Ma was most worried that he would never get to see his fiancee, who lives in Taiwan, again. However, he is now back home and continuing his job as a taxi driver and hoping to catch up on the sales he lost during the week he was away.