SOUTH EL MONTE ( — The day after three inmates escaped from Orange County’s Central Men’s Jail on Jan. 22, two of the fugitives visited a South El Monte hair salon.

Tina Tran owns Lucky Hair Salon at 9646 Garvey Ave. Despite around-the-clock media coverage on the hunt for the escapees, the stylist insisted she had no idea that customers, Bac Duong and Jonathan Tieu, were subjects of a massive manhunt up and down the state.

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Tran said Duong was a customer she had not seen in years. She said he asked to get his hair cut and dyed black. “He sit down. And I just hair cut for him, and I color.”

After he was done, Tieu got a quick trim around his ears.

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Tran said Duong then asked to use a phone at her salon, telling her it was a local call. She said she never saw the third fugitive, Hossein Nayeri.

Duong paid for the services with a $100 in cash and left a $5 tip.

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Before leaving the salon, Tran said Duong left a $5 bill at the Buddhist shrine at the exit.