Escapee From Washington Mental Hospital Described as 'Scary and Dangerous'

Apr 7, 2016 8:34 PM by News Staff

One of two escapees from a Washington state mental hospital was arrested Thursday — but the "scary and dangerous" one was still on the loose and police believe he took a bus to Spokane.

Mark Alexander Adams was nabbed without incident a day after he and Anthony Garver escaped from the Western State Hospital in Lakewood, Wash.

But it's Garver, who was involuntarily committed two years ago after he was deemed incompetent to stand trial for fatally stabbing a woman 24 times, who worries law enforcement.

"Garver is the more serious offender, and he's the one we consider to be scary and dangerous," Lt. Chris Lawler of the Lakewood police told the NBC affiliate in Seattle.

Garver, 28, is 5 feet 8 inches tall, a stocky 250 pounds, and was last seen wearing a brown, faded sweatshirt and orange flip-flops.

Police believe Garver purchased a Greyhound bus ticket to Spokane Wednesday night, Lawler said. He is believed to have bought the ticket with cash in Seattle using the name "John Anderson."

Lawler urged anyone who spots him to call 911 immediately.

"We really are going to have to rely on the public and tips," he said. "There are no cell phones to track, no credit cards to track."

Both men arrived at the hospital in February 2015 and were assigned to the same room, according to police. Adams was sent to the hospital after he was found not competent to stand trial for a 2014 domestic violence charge.

It was not immediately clear how the pair got out of the hospital, but Lawler said they suspect the pair hopped on a Pierce County Transit bus.

Adams was nabbed some 33 miles north of the facility in Des Moines, Washington, police said.


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