Dangerous Psych Hospital Escapee Recaptured

Anthony Garver found in woods near parents' home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2016 5:51 AM CDT
Officials stop vehicles as they search in Spokane Valley, Wash, Thursday, April 7, 2016, for escaped mental patient Anthony Garver.    (Colin Mulvany)
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(Newser) – A man who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital where he was being held after being found too mentally ill to face charges that he tortured a woman to death is back in custody. Anthony Garver, 28, was apprehended without incident Friday night by law enforcement in Spokane after he was found hiding under a pile of debris in the woods, a Washington State Patrol spokesman tells the AP. Garver crawled out a window of a locked, lower-security unit on Wednesday with another patient, Mark Alexander Adams, 58, who was caught the next day. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says two police officers tracked Garver with the help of a police dog and found him in woods less than a mile from the home of his parents, who called police after he visited them on Thursday.

Garver was hungry and dehydrated and received medical treatment before being transferred to jail, the sheriff says. Garver has a history of running from law enforcement, and Knzeovich has strong words for state officials about the fact that he was able to make another run for it. "The state of Washington needs to get a clue," he says. "This cannot happen again." The sheriff tells the Spokesman-Review that despite the fact that Garver had headed toward Spokane after previous escapes, local law enforcement was not notified until at least 12 hours after the escape. (Read more escaped criminal stories.)

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