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Recaptured jail inmate says he never intended to harm anyone

The suspected mastermind of a three-man escape from a Southern California jail says he never intended to harm anyone during his eight days on the run.

In a jailhouse interview, Hossein Nayeri told the Orange County Register ( he didn't want anyone to get hurt and asserted that he's innocent of the kidnapping and torture charges that landed him in jail two years ago.

"I'm a nice guy," he said Friday. "I've done a lot of things for humanity that are opposite of what I have been accused of."

He declined to elaborate.

Nayeri, 37, who was recaptured Jan. 30 after traveling 400 miles to the San Francisco Bay Area, added...