’He did everything right,’ Teen credited for keeping cool, confronted by escaped inmate

Puyallup police are investigating the escape of a jail inmate who left Good Samaritan hospital and forced is way into a nearby apartment, as a 17-year-old was opening the door.

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Puyallup police are investigating the escape of a jail inmate who left Good Samaritan hospital and forced is way into a nearby apartment, as a 17-year-old was opening the door.

“I wanted to get away from this guy,” said Noah Enyeart, who was returning home from school on Feb. 27. “When I tried to get inside and close the door, he pushed against it,” he said.

After threatening Enyeart, the escaped inmate demanded a phone and a change of clothes.

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"He sort of explained what his deal was like, "Hey, I just escaped from jail and I need a change of clothes, I need to get out of here, I’m on the run,' Enyeart said

Puyallup police tell KIRO-7 the inmate--who had been arrested for theft and had misdemeanor warrants from other cities--escaped as he was waiting to be treated at Good Samaritan Hospital. Police say unless a misdemeanor suspect is arrested for a crime of violence, they are generally not guarded by officers. Instead, they sign an agreement promising they will not leave the hospital.

The escaped inmate told Enyeart he had a violent encounter as he got away.

“He gave me a story about how he attacked somebody and knocked somebody out before he got there and he was chased away, so that’s how he ended up at my place.”

Something Enyeart did--thinking a step ahead--likely helped police capture the inmate within minutes.

“I gave him some standout Pop Art backpack, and green polar bear pants and things that would be easy to identify,” he said.

The strategy worked. His description to 911 dispatchers helped police find and take down the inmate within minutes.

Noah’s mother, Roxana said police didn’t follow up with Noah, and didn’t visit the apartment to investigate the home invasion.

“I don’t understand how they missed what happened,” she said, adding, “And why wasn’t (the inmate) in handcuffs and how was he just able to run away?”

Puyallup detectives told KIRO-7 they were unaware of Noah’s role in the incident and would follow up with him. Meanwhile, Roxana says her son’s actions are heroic.

“I’m very proud of him for just keeping cool, doing as he was told to do, and not freaking out,” she said. “He did everything right.”

“Said he would pay me back, like he would come back and pay me in cash. I refused, I said don’t come back!”

Noah says he learned something about himself.

“I’m glad I kept my cool.”