Patient who escaped psychiatric hospital taken into custody
Authorities say a man accused of torturing a woman a death who escaped from a Washington state psychiatric hospital has been captured.
Washington State Patrol spokesman Todd Bartolac says Spokane police took 28-year-old Anthony Garver into custody Friday night. Garver crawled out a window April 6 with another patient who was found the next day.
Garver was charged with stabbing a woman to death in her home but found too mentally ill for trial. He was moved to a lower-security unit of the state’s largest psychiatric hospital after a judge said treatment to prepare him to face criminal charges wasn’t working and ordered him held as a danger to himself or others.
The escape was the latest problem for Western State Hospital, where violent assaults on both staff and patients have led to federal scrutiny.
On Friday, the hospital revealed another patient was missing. That patient, who authorities did not consider an immediate danger to the public, has not been found since failing to return from a group outing the same day the other two men escaped. The hospital did not identify the patient. The incidents did not appear related.