This is one of the few happy stories reported in the news about a homeless person. Matthew Hay-Chapman recognized a van and the convicts that escaped from the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana. Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu drove to San Francisco in an effort to escape authorities.
Matthew was alert and eagle-eyed when he recognized the van that was stolen by the pair. He saw the van and the pictures of the escaped convicts on the Drudge Report on January 22nd and reported seeing them to the police just six days later on the 28th.
He has already received a check for $100,000 which was approved by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and printed on March 15. There is still $50,000 to be awarded by other agencies like the FBI and Matthew will undoubtedly receive some of that too.
I imagine Matthew will be buying some clothes and finding a place to live. Hopefully he can find a means of supporting himself in the future so homelessness will be just a part of his past.