Long Hoang Ma, 71, the California based taxi driver who was held hostage by three men, has sued the California County government. He wants a portion of the $20,000 reward money. Ma, who was held hostage for one week, will be seeking additional damages on how the reward money was allocated. He is alleging that racial discrimination and gross negligence allowed the trio to escape.
The three men are said to have escaped by rappelling off the roof. They are said to have called for Ma’s taxi service for a ride after which they took him hostage. Long Hoang Ma, a Vietnamese immigrant who has already been traumatized by what he went through when working as a military officer during the Vietnam War.
The man successfully managed to persuade Bac Duong, 43, one of the trio, to flee the hotel in his taxi. Ma revealed that he managed to persuade Duong to surrender during the 400-mile drive.
Ma later called the Orange County sheriff’s office after Duong was back in custody and revealed where the other two remaining suspects were last seen. He also gave a description of the stolen van. The wanted pair, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37 were spotted by a homeless man in San Francisco who informed the police.
However, the California law prevents the state from being sued for any damages caused by jail escapes. Ma has not received anything in his suit; he argues that this is an act of discrimination and violation of due process. With lots of news agencies requesting comments from the county officials, it is not clear which agency the county officials should respond to his allegations.