Hossein Nayeri, 37, is accused of torturing a man who ran a marijuana dispensary in Newport Beach, California He and two other men burned the victim with a butane torch, beat him and cut off the man's penis, prosecutors say Nayeri then fled to Iran, where he couldn't be extradited to the U.S. But his wife Cortney Shegerian, 29 - who was secretly working with detectives - got him to travel to Spain, saying she would meet him there He was arrested on his way there and thrown in a U.S. prison,Shegerian admitted helping her husband conduct surveillance on his victim and is now an employment rights lawyer,During his recent escape from a Californian jail there were fears he would kill her in revenge
The wife of one of three inmates who escaped from their Orange County jail last week had helped authorities put him behind bars in the first place by luring him out of Iran, it has been revealed.
Cortney Shegerian, 29, was married to Hossein Nayeri, 37, who is accused of torturing a man who ran a licensed marijuana dispensary in Santa Ana in 2012. When investigators realized he had fled to Iran, they thought it would be nearly impossible to extradite him from there to the U.S. to face trial.
Shegerian helped authorities by tricking Nayeri into the Czech Republic, an extradition-friendly country, the LA Times reported. Nayeri burned his victim with a butane torch, beat him with a pistol and a rubber hose and ordered another suspect to cut off the man's penis during the 2012 attack, prosecutors say.
Prosecutor Heather Brown compared him to cannibalistic movie villain Hannibal Lecter and said he was 'sophisticated, incredibly violent and cunning' in an interview with the Orange County Register.
Shegerian admitted she had helped her husband carry out surveillance on his victim, police said during a preliminary hearing.
She drove Nayeri to the man's home, where he had installed surveillance cameras, Newport Beach police Sergeant Ryan Peters told the LA Times.
Shegerian also drove her husband to the home of his victim's parents and once made poisoned hamburger patties for the parents' dog as it was too loud, Peters said.
She heard Nayeri practice using a butane torch in the garage and he borrowed her pink Taser, he added.The 29-year-old, who now works as an employment rights attorney at a Santa Monica firm, cooperated with investigators in the months leading to Nayeri's arrest.
She communicated with him by email and by phone, and after months of conversations recorded by authorities, she tricked him out of Iran.
Nayeri agreed to meet her in Spain against the promise of a vacation, cash and an iPhone.His plane made a stop in the Czech Republic, an extradition-friendly country, where FBI agents arrested him in November 2013.
Shegerian, who hasn't been charged with a crime, married Nayeri in 2010 and filed for divorce in 2014. Their marriage was eventually annulled on the basis of bigamy, as a Los Angeles judge found that Nayeri hadn't ended a previous marriage with another woman in Iran.
Nayeri went back behind bars yesterday along with escapee Jonathan Tieu, 20, after someone saw their stolen white van and alerted the police. Bac Duong, 43, the third man who escaped the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, had given himself up 24 hours before.
Shegerian had to go into hiding during Nayeri's eight-day escape as authorities feared he would seek revenge on her.On Thursday, Nooshafarian Ravaghi, who taught English as a second language to inmates, was arrested on suspicion of helping the three men get out