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'I'm a nice guy': O.C. jail escapee asserts innocence in jailhouse interview

'I'm a nice guy': O.C. jail escapee asserts innocence in jailhouse interview

The suspected mastermind of a three-man escape from a Southern California jail says he never intended to harm anyone during his eight days on the run.

In a jailhouse interview, Hossein Nayeri told the Orange County Register that he didn't want anyone to get hurt and asserted that he was innocent of the kidnapping and torture charges that landed him in jail two years ago.

“I'm a nice guy,” he said Friday. “I've done a lot of things for humanity that are opposite of what I have been accused of.”

He declined to elaborate.

Nayeri, 37, who was recaptured Jan. 30...

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