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Homeless man receives $100,000 for handing over escaped inmates to police

By Mason White 6:06 PM March 17, 2016
Matthew Hay-Chapman 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A homeless man is getting a second chance in life after being given a large amount of money for helping police arrest escaped inmates.

55-year-old Matthew Hay-Chapman of San Francisco, California, will no longer be homeless as he was given $100,000 for handing escaped inmates over to police.

Hay-Chapman was walking from Whole Foods Market to McDonald’s for a cup of coffee when he spotted a man who looked very much like the inmate he saw in the newspaper was wanted for escaping from the Orange County prison.

He followed the man into McDonald’s until he was sure he was Hossein Nayeri, 37, who was wanted by police. Hay-Chapman ran outside and flagged down an officer, and told him that he spotted the inmate.

Nayeri, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, were hiding out in a stolen van near Whole Foods Market.

The third man who escaped from prison, Bac Duong, 43, had turned himself in to police before his partners were caught.

Hay-Chapman wants to use the money to make a better life for himself and his children, who are all adults now.