LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Authorities continue to search for Anthony Garver. Police said he purchased a Greyhound Bus ticket out of Seattle to Spokane at about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday.
Adams was later arrested Thursday morning after a woman outside the Des Moines Gospel Chapel recognized him and called police.
According to Lakewood police, Adams and Garver were last seen in the hospital's dining hall at 6 p.m. Wednesday. They were discovered missing at 7:30 p.m. Western State is an inpatient psychiatric hospital.
Police believe they escaped through a loose window in their room.
The Department of Social and Health Services, which operates the hospital, said it is not aware of any previous incidents of a patient escaping through a key-locked window. The agency said there was no indication yet that the window or its locks were defective, but it was possible that the bolts on the window were tampered with over several months.
Garver, the much more violent of the two men, remains at large.
A Pierce Transit bus driver told police Garver may have been picked up near the hospital around 6 p.m. Wednesday and went eastbound. He may have gotten off at the Lakewood Towne Center Transit Center.
Garver, 28, is described as white, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 250 pounds with long curly brown hair and a beard/mustache. He was last seen wearing a brown faded sweatshirt and orange jail flip flops. Though the man goes by Garver, he may use the last name of Burke and also has an alias of Deryk Garver, police said.
Garver was arrested for first-degree murder in 2013 in the death of Phillipa Evans-Lopez.
Police say he used electric cords to tie the victim to her bed. She was stabbed more than 24 times and her throat was slit at her Lake Stevens Home.
Garver was found not competent to stand trail.
Authorities said Adams was sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a second-degree domestic violence assault arrest in 2014. He also was found not competent to stand trail.
Authorities notified local police agencies, Amtrak, cab companies, Greyhound and Pierce Transit about the escapees.
Anyone who sees Garver should not attempt to contact him and call 911.
Federal authorities say Western State is seriously understaffed and threatened to take away millions in funding because of staffing issues. The facility recently had about 300 vacancies because of high turnover.
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