Anthony Garver, one of two men who escaped the Pierce County psychiatric hospital Wednesday, was captured late Friday.
Spokane deputies late Friday found the man who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital in Pierce County after being ruled incompetent in 2014 to stand trial for a torture killing.
A law-enforcement dog named Gunnar found Anthony Garver, 28, whom authorities described as dangerous and a skilled survivalist, under a pile of debris in a forest near his parents’ home in the Spokane area, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said at a televised news conference.
“I feel outstanding that none of my citizens,” he said, were injured. “The state of Washington needs to figure out how to keep him from escaping.”
Garver, who is accused of killing a woman in Snohomish County in 2013, was taken into custody by deputies without problems, the sheriff said. He was found in the 17600 block of East Judkins Road in the Mount Spokane foothills around 8:15 p.m., deputies said. They recovered no weapons.
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As of 9:30 p.m., medics were providing Garver medical treatment for dehydration and hunger.
He had escaped the hospital, along with another man, by apparently climbing through a window Wednesday evening. The other man was captured the next day in South King County.
Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said authorities notified “every mode of transportation,” as well as local police departments and law-enforcement agencies, motels and hospitals about Garver’s escape.
A Pierce County bus driver told police he picked up Garver about 6 p.m. Wednesday near the hospital, traveling east. The man believed to be Garver might have gotten off at the Towne Center Transit Center in Lakewood, according to police.
Police said they believe Garver bought a Greyhound bus ticket Wednesday night from Seattle to Spokane.
Garver’s capture came after an extensive search of the rural area, which put the community on high alert. Authorities urged residents to keep their vehicles and homes secured, as well as avoid leaving weapons unattended.
With helicopters circling, SWAT teams joined by federal and local investigators started the massive search Thursday after Garver’s parents called 911 around 3:30 p.m., saying their son had paid them a visit, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said.
“His father stepped out of the room and made a call to us and then stepped back into the room, and that kind of spooked Garver,” he said. “During that time, he (Garver) said he wanted his passport and said that he wanted to travel to Morocco.”
The area where Garver was found was uphill from the parents’ home, which is in the area of East MacMahan Road and East Offmy Lane, according to deputies.
Investigators interviewed Garver’s family, described by Gregory as being cooperative in the search. The missing man did not retrieve his passport, the spokesman added.
Garver had been involuntarily committed to Western State in Lakewood since 2014, when he was deemed incompetent to stand trial on a murder charge in connection with the stabbing death of Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez in Lake Stevens. Court papers say he tied her up with electrical cords, stabbed her 24 times and slashed her throat.
The last time he evaded authorities, in 2009, he had failed to report to prison work release in a weapons case. The search lasted a month before he was found in the woods near Mount Spokane. Authorities say he has threatened mass shootings and has possessed military-style weapons and explosives.
The other man who escaped with Garver, Mark Alexander Adams, was captured about 10 a.m. Thursday in the 2200 block of Seventh Avenue South in Des Moines after a tip from someone who had seen his face in news coverage, police said.
“He had a calm demeanor and was taken into custody without incident,” said Bob Bohl, a Des Moines police commander. “It was easy.”
Western State has been under scrutiny recently. Hundreds of employees at the facility have been assaulted by patients, which has led to millions in medical costs and thousands of missed days of work.
Federal regulators have issued the hospital a number of warnings and threatened to pull federal funding.
In 2011, a 26-year-old man who called himself “the son of Satan” and believed he could kill at random walked away from the facility. He was captured a day later.
In 2009, a 33-year-old patient left the hospital and vanished for two hours before Western State employees spotted him. He was apprehended by Lakewood police without incident.