The Latest: Psychiatric fugitive spotted in Spokane area

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Posted: Apr 07, 2016 9:37 PM
The Latest: Psychiatric fugitive spotted in Spokane area

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the escape of two men from a psychiatric facility in Washington state (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Law enforcement officials say a man who escaped from a psychiatric hospital in western Washington has been spotted in the Spokane area.

The Spokesman-Review reports (http://goo.gl/d2MW0T ) authorities are searching for Anthony Garver in a heavily-wooded area in Spokane's East Valley using a SWAT team, police dogs and helicopters.

Authorities say they received information previously that Garver may have hidden a cache of weapons in the area. Garver was accused of murder three years ago but found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich described the search as "a pretty intense situation."

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4:10 p.m.

Authorities believe a man previously accused of murder who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital bought a bus ticket from Seattle across the state to Spokane.

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said investigators believe Anthony Garver purchased the Greyhound bus ticket around 8:50 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities in Spokane have been notified.

Garver and another patient crawled out a window that night in a locked, lower-security unit of Western State Hospital. The other fugitive, Mark Alexander Adams, was caught Thursday morning.

Garver was arrested in 2013 and charged with tying a woman to her bed with electrical cord and torturing her to death.

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2:40 p.m.

A man still on the loose after escaping from a Washington state psychiatric hospital was accused of torturing a woman to death three years ago but found too mentally ill for trial.

Anthony Garver and another patient crawled out a window Wednesday evening in a locked, lower-security unit of Western State Hospital, a facility already facing federal scrutiny over safety issues.

Mark Alexander Adams was caught Thursday morning.

Garver was arrested in 2013 and charged with tying a woman to her bed with electrical cord and torturing her to death. Snohomish County prosecutors say he stabbed her 24 times in the chest and slashed her throat.

Garver was moved from a high-security unit after mental competency treatment failed. A judge granted a state request to hold him because he was considered a danger to himself or others.

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2 p.m.

The agency in charge of mental health services in Washington state says two patients who escaped from a psychiatric hospital crawled out a window in a locked, lower-security unit.

Mark Alexander Adams was caught in a nearby town Thursday, but Anthony Garver is still on the loose. Garver was accused of murder three years ago but found mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Carla Reyes of the Department of Social and Health Services says the men were last seen at Western State Hospital at 6 p.m. Wednesday and discovered missing 45 minutes later.

But police say the absence was discovered at 7:30 p.m. and officers were alerted just after 7:45 p.m.

Garver and Adams weren't placed in the high-security unit because a judge granted a state request to hold them as a danger to themselves or others after treatment failed to restore their ability to understand the criminal charges against them.

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10:30 a.m.

Authorities say one of the two men who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital has been caught in a nearby town.

The second fugitive, who was accused of murder but found mentally incompetent to stand trial, is still on the loose Thursday.

Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler says officers picked up Mark Alexander Adams without incident in Des Moines, Washington, about 20 minutes away from Western State Hospital.

Lawler says Adams was recognized and police detained him. Detectives will interview him.

Adams was caught after police say he got on a bus Wednesday night and asked how to get to the airport. Des Moines is just south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The other patient, 28-year-old Anthony Garver, remains at large.

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3 a.m.

Two men described as dangerous have escaped from a psychiatric facility in western Washington.

Lakewood police says 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.

Police say both men are dangerous to others. And both were being treated for mental illnesses under court commitment out of Snohomish County.

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.

Police are urging anyone who spots them to keep away and contact authorities.