The Latest: 2 escaped inmates captured in Washington state
Posted June 11
Updated June 15
LITTLEROCK, Wash. — The Latest on the search for two prisoners who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Washington state (all times local):
Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Washington state have been captured without incident.
Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Sunday that 30-year-old Richard Harvell and 26-year-old Sage Bear were arrested about 6 miles away from Cedar Creek Corrections Center in a rugged forest.
Officials say the pair scaled a 10- to 12-foot (3- to 3.66-meter) razor-wire fence to flee Saturday night, and they will be treated for minor injuries they received during the escape.
Barclay says he has no other details about the escape or capture. He says corrections officials will investigate and question the two, then present the review to prosecutors for possible charges.
One of the two prisoners who escaped from a minimum-security prison southwest of Olympia was serving time for manslaughter after accidentally shooting a good friend in the head.
King County Superior Court records say Sage Bear and his friend, Armin Okanovic, had been pointing what they thought was an unloaded handgun at each other in 2007 when the gun went off.
Prosecutors said Bear, who was 17 at the time, was involved in gangs and had previously been convicted of robbery, burglary and theft. He had been warned in court at least four times that he was not allowed to have guns.
Bear was sentenced to nearly 11 years for first-degree manslaughter.
The other prisoner who escaped was identified as Richard Harvell, who was serving 3½ years on a gun charge.
Corrections officials say two prisoners at the Cedar Creek Corrections Center southwest of Olympia escaped by climbing over a chain link fence topped with razor wire.
Washington Department of Corrections spokeswoman Pam Moore says 30-year-old Richard Harvell and 26-year-old Sage Bear escaped at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, at dusk, and the prison started inmate escape procedures 20 minutes later.
Harvell was serving a 3½-year sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm. Bear was doing nearly 11 years for manslaughter.
Authorities warned people not to approach either but to call the prison or 911 if they see them.
Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison southwest of Olympia.
The Washington Department of Corrections says one of the inmates, 30-year-old Richard Harvell, was serving a 3½-year sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm, and the other, 26-year-old Sage Bear, was doing nearly 11 years for manslaughter.
The pair were discovered missing from the Cedar Creek Corrections Center at about 10 p.m. Saturday, about 20 minutes after they escaped. Corrections officials did not immediately say how they escaped.
Bear, who was convicted in King County, had been serving his manslaughter sentence since early 2009. His anticipated release date had been in July 2018.
Harvell, who was convicted in Snohomish County, began serving his sentence in March. His tentative release date was in March 2019.
Both have tattoos above their left eyebrows.