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Fugitive from Psychiatric Hospital seen in Spokane

Garver is considered dangerous. If you see him, please call 911.

Lakewood Police Department via AP (This undated photo provided by the Lakewood Police Department shows Anthony Garver.)

Fugitive from Psychiatric Hospital seen in Spokane

Fugitive from Wash. psychiatric hospital stopped at parents’ home, police say


An accused killer who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital Wednesday night was spotted at his parents’ house in Spokane Thursday before fleeing when his mother called 911, investigators revealed.

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday Anthony Garver is believed to still be in the area, according to Q13 Fox. Surveillance footage showed Garver buying a Greyhound Bus ticket for Spokane at about 8 p.m. Wednesday in Seattle, Lakewood police said.

The sheriff’s office said Garver arrived in Spokane early Thursday morning and showed up at his parents’ home at around 3:30 p.m. Garver’s mother alerted authorities when she saw him, Q13 Fox reported.

Deputies launched a massive manhunt in a wooded area of Spokane’s East Valley with the assistance of U.S. Marshals, a SWAT team, four K-9s and two helicopters. Q13 Fox reported that as of 8:30 p.m. that they hadn’t located Garver and the search was being suspended for the rest of the night.

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich described the search as “a pretty intense situation.”

According to The Spokesman-Review, police fear that Garver may have a hidden cache of weapons in the area.

Garver was charged in 2013 with tying a 20-year-old woman to her bed with electrical cords, stabbing her 24 times in the chest and slashing her throat, Snohomish County Assistant Prosecutor Craig Matheson said.

Garver, 28, escaped Western State Hospital with Mark Alexander Adams, 58, a patient who had been accused of domestic assault in 2014. Adams was captured earlier Thursday outside Des Moines Gospel Church without a fight, officials said.

Wednesday’s brazen escape by the two men wasn’t the first time someone escaped from Western State Hospital, Q13 Fox reported. Another patient slipped through the gymnasium door in 2011, but was later caught.

Police have said that Garver is considered dangerous and warned everyone not to approach him. Anyone who sees him is encouraged to call 911.

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