A man considered dangerous by law enforcement and who calls himself the "son of Satan" was captured Saturday after escaping from Western...
LAKEWOOD, Pierce County — A man considered dangerous by law enforcement and who calls himself the “son of Satan” was captured Saturday after escaping from Western State Hospital, a newspaper reported.
Jonathan D. Wilson, 26, was found in Tacoma, a day after he left the facility where he had been civilly committed on a second-degree arson conviction, according to The Tacoma News Tribune.
Wilson is delusional, paranoid and dangerous, and has indicated he has been sanctioned to kill people at random, according to a Department of Corrections communication obtained by the newspaper. Authorities had been alerted over threats that Wilson had made to his parole officer, corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, which runs Western State, downplayed the potential danger to the public before Wilson’s capture. “We know that the guy doesn’t present any great threat, regardless of what is being reported,” spokesman Thomas Shapely said.
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The department did not respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
Kris Flowers, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said she was unable to talk specifically about Wilson because of privacy law. She said he has “a history of dangerousness,” but was clinically determined as not “imminently dangerous.”