LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) – The Latest on the escape of two men from a psychiatric facility in Washington state (all times local):
Friday Night Update: The Associated Press reports the man accused of torture death (Anthony Garver) who escaped from Washington state psychiatric hospital has been taken into custody by police.
Friday Morning Update: A Washington state psychiatric hospital that a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from already faces federal scrutiny over safety programs and attacks on patients and employees.
Anthony Garver, who remained on the loose, was charged in 2013 with tying a 20-year-old woman to her bed with electrical cords, stabbing her 24 times in the chest and slashing her throat. He was found too mentally ill for trial.
Garver, 28, escaped Wednesday night with Mark Alexander Adams, 58, a patient who had been accused of domestic assault in 2014. The two crawled out a window in a locked, lower-security unit of the hospital and Adams was captured the next morning.
Authorities believe Garver bought a bus ticket from Seattle across the state to Spokane and authorities there searched for him Thursday evening in a wooded area with dogs, a SWAT team and helicopters after he stopped at his parents’ house in the area.
Lakewood police say they escaped from Western State Hospital in Pierce County, south of Tacoma, sometime Wednesday evening.
They say 28-year-old Anthony Garver and 58-year-old Mark Alexander Adams fled on foot but may have found transportation.
Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler says the driver picked up a man he believes was 28-year-old Anthony Garver around 6 Wednesday night. A couple hours later, he picked up a man he believes was 58-year-old Mark Alexander Adams. The driver told authorities Adams was interested in going to SeaTac, home to the Seattle-area’s airport. Police have requested video from the transit agency.
Both men were being treated for mental illnesses under court commitment out of Snohomish County, when they escaped on foot Wednesday night.
Garver – a 5-foot-8 and 250-pound white male with brown hair – was arrested for murder in 2013 but found not competent to stand trial.
Adams – a 6-foot and 210-pound white male with long blond hair – was arrested for domestic assault in 2014 but also found not competent for trial. Adams was found Thursday evening and arrested, Garver was captured Friday night.