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Accused Killer Who Escaped Psychiatric Facility Stopped By Parents' Home

by Phil Helsel /  / Updated 

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Police were searching a wooded area near Spokane, Washington, after an accused killer who escaped from a state psychiatric hospital showed up at his mother’s home, authorities said.

Anthony Garver’s mother called 911 after he showed up at her home Thursday afternoon, U.S. Marshals told NBC station KHQ. Law enforcement officers that included heavily-armed SWAT officers, K-9 units and helicopters searched the wooded area near the home.

"There’s a lot of people on the ground looking, just trying to contain him in the area and see if we can locate him from where he left the house," Deputy U.S. Marshal Bob Doty said.

Garver was one of two patients that escaped from the Western State Hospital in Lakewood, southwest of Tacoma, Wednesday night. The other escapee, Mark Alexander Adams, was taken into custody near Des Moines, Washington, earlier Thursday, officials said.

Garver was committed to the psychiatric facility two years ago after he was deemed not competent to stand trial after being accused of fatally stabbing a woman 24 times.

 This undated photo provided by the Lakewood Police Department shows Anthony Garver. Mark Alexander Adams and Garver, described as dangerous, have escaped from Western State Hospital, a psychiatric facility, in Pierce County, south of Tacoma, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Lakewood Police Department via AP

Investigators believe Garver bought a bus ticket in Seattle to Spokane using cash and under the false name "John Anderson," Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said.

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 said. Authorities are warning anyone spotting him to call 911 immediately.

Garver and Adams shared a room at the hospital and escaped through a locked window, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services said.

"Initial thoughts are that the bolts on the window were tampered with over several months," the department said in a statement.

They were last seen during dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday and were discovered missing at a 6:45 p.m. check, the department said.

 Anthony Garver is seen purchasing a Greyhound bus ticket out of Seattle to Spokane on April 6, 2016. Lakewood Police Department

"The hospital is undergoing a complete safety review and plan to bring in outside experts to go through our facility," Carla Reyes, assistant director of the DSHS Behavioral Health Administration, said in a statement.

The Department of Social and Health Services said it was not aware of anyone escaping from the facility through a locked window before. A patient escaped in 2011 through an unlocked gym door and in 2009 by walking out of a sally port, the agency said. Both were later found.

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