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Suspected Kidnap, Torture, Jailbreak Mastermind Speaks Out

Hossein Nayeri is kept inside his cell 23 hours a day. Whenever he is transported anywhere, two deputies are at his side, along with a video camera recording his every move. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

At the Theo Lacy Jail, "Adam" Hossen Nayeri is held under maximum security. He's one of seven out of nearly 3,000 who are behind bars at the Orange County lockup.

Nayeri, accused in a gruesome kidnap and torture of a marijuana dispensary owner and who escaped from Orange County custody, agreed to speak to NBC4.

He hinted the jail break was not a well-thought-out plan.

Hossein Nayeri is facing life behind bars. He is accused of both mayem and torture of a marijuana dispensary owner in 2012. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

Nayeri is held in a two-man cell. He is alone, 23 hours a day. The 38-year-old inmate is facing life behind bars. He is accused of mayhem and torture and with a breakout in 2016 that put Orange County on edge.

NBC4 spoke with Nayeri for more than an hour, under tight security inside the Theo Lacy Jail in Orange.

Nayeri says his innocence will be proven in court.

"Adam" Hossein Nayeri is accused of leading a jailbreak that sparked a week-long manhunt. Vikki Vargas reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

Nayeri says the security that surrounds him is much tighter than before he escaped from jail.

He's in jail awaiting trial on charges of kidnapping, torture, and mayhem.

He ran, he says, to a place he knew best -- San Francisco.

Nayeri told NBC4 his brother lives in the city, but says he did not reach out to him.

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