Homeless Man Receives $100,000 Reward for Helping Locate Escaped California Inmates

He spotted one of the escaped inmates going into a McDonald's.

— -- One homeless man may have a roof over his head very soon after receiving $100,000 of a $150,000 reward from the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for helping arrest two of three escaped county inmates.

Three inmates -- Hossein Nayeri, 37, Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Bac Duong, 43 -- escaped from the Orange County Central Men's Jail on Jan. 22, prompting a statewide manhunt.

Duong eventually turned himself in on Jan. 29, while the other two were caught the next day, thanks to Hay-Chapman.

Hay-Chapman saw one of the escaped inmates, Nayeri, exit the van, which was parked by Whole Foods, and walk into the nearby McDonald's, Braun said. Hay-Chapman followed the man inside. When he realized the man was the escaped inmate, he ran out a side door and flagged down a passing patrol car.

The entire reward of $150,000 was divided up among four people altogether. Two Target employees -- Hazel Javier and Jeffrey Arana, who called police after spotting the inmates -- received $15,000, while Armando Damien, the man who reported to police that his white van was stolen, received $20,000.

Long Ma, a cab driver who was taken hostage by the three men, did not receive a share of the money.

Braun explained that the police department provided information to the Board of Supervisors about what “actionable intelligence” they received that helped them locate and arrest the inmates. The Board of Supervisors then decided how to distribute the reward money based on the information provided.

Hay-Chapman’s life has been changed forever by the substantial reward. “He is the guy who deserves the reward,” Shawn Nelson, supervisor for Orange County's 4th District, told ABC News. “He was fully engaged in helping catch the bad guys.”

Hay-Chapman declined to comment to ABC News.