Escaped Inmate Captured in Capitol State Forest

An escaped inmate was located in the Capitol State Forest yesterday evening after more than 8 hours on the run. The Washington Department of Corrections reports that Javier Lopez-Esteves was apprehended safely and without incident at 5:14 p.m.

The Department’s Community Response Unit and Inmate Recovery Team worked in close partnership with agencies including the Grays Harbor and Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, Fish & Wildlife, State Patrol, and DOT’s Aviation departments to locate the man after he escpaed from a forest work crew.

The 28-year-old escaped just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 30th. Correctional employees initiated an inmate recount and escape procedures. The facility notified local and state law enforcement, and activated inmate recovery teams.

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Lopez-Esteves was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and two counts of manufacture, deliver, or possession with intent to deliver narcotics out of Thurston County and he began serving his 45 month sentence on July 28, 2017. His expected release date had been tentatively set for April 9, 2019.

Cedar Creek Corrections Center is located near Littlerock, Wash., opened in 1954, and houses approximately 480 minimum custody male inmates.

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