Psych Hospital Escapee Visited His Parents

More details emerge about 'dangerous' Anthony Garver
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2016 8:15 AM CDT
Psych Hospital Escapee Visited His Parents
Anthony Garver.   (Lakewood Police Department via AP)

Authorities may be closing in on an alleged murderer who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital: Officials say Anthony Garver's mom called 911 around 3:30pm Thursday after her son visited his parents' home near Spokane, reports NBC News. Garver fled before SWAT officers, K-9 units, and helicopters converged on the scene. They're now "trying to contain him in the area and see if we can locate him from where he left the house," an official says. However, police fear Garver may be armed. He was previously known to possess military-style weapons and explosives and may have a stash hidden in the area, officials tell the Spokesman-Review and Seattle Times. Court documents note Garver has threatened mass shootings, studied bombs and al-Qaeda training documents, and "aspired to emulate" the Oklahoma City bomber.

"He's out there among us, so not just my safety and family's safety, but everybody's safety" is at risk, says the mother of the woman Garver is accused of killing. "He's very dangerous." Garver is actually no stranger to life on the run. After a stint in prison for weapons charges, he failed to show up for a work-release program in 2009, sparking a month-long manhunt. He was found hiding in the woods near Mount Spokane. He later escaped from a halfway house. On Wednesday, Garver and his roommate—since recaptured—escaped from Western State Hospital through a locked window on which the bolts "were tampered with over several months," the hospital says in a statement. He then made it to Seattle, where authorities believe he bought a bus ticket to Spokane using the name John Anderson and money he was allowed to have at the hospital. (Read more escaped criminal stories.)

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