Jail escape in Washington not detected for 2 days
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — An inmate’s escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man’s defense lawyer stopped for a visit and he couldn’t be found.
Rhyan Vasquez, 19, was back in custody in Marysville City Jail, north of Seattle, facing a possible escape charge along with a previous robbery allegation, The Daily Herald reported (http://bit.ly/1rqrM8S ).
His absence wasn’t noticed until last Wednesday when his lawyer asked to see him, court papers said.
Jail staff checked surveillance video and saw that Vasquez had backed out a door and into a hallway on Sept. 22 while a group of inmates was returning from a Bible study class held in a visitation area.
Vasquez was booked back into jail Friday. He was tracked down by two detectives who questioned his associates, said Robert Lamoureux, a police spokesman.
Defense lawyer James Feldman says another attorney from his office was representing Vasquez in the municipal case. That lawyer wasn’t available Tuesday.
Feldman said all he knew was the lawyer went to the jail and Vasquez wasn’t there.
“We obviously weren’t involved in the planning,” Feldman said.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com