Escaped Cedar Creek inmates recaptured

They were captured without incident

Cedar Creek Corrections Facility in Littlerock, Washington, as seen on their website June 11, 2017
Cedar Creek Corrections Facility in Littlerock, Washington, as seen on their website June 11, 2017

LITTLEROCK, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison in Washington state have been captured without incident.

Washington Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said Sunday that 30-year-old Richard Harvell and 26-year-old Sage Bear were arrested about 6 miles away from Cedar Creek Corrections Center in a rugged forest.

Officials say the pair scaled a 10- to 12-foot (3- to 3.66-meter) razor-wire fence to flee Saturday night, and they will be treated for minor injuries they received during the escape. Barclay says he has no other details about the escape or capture. He says corrections officials will investigate and question the two, then present the review to prosecutors for possible charges.

One of the two prisoners who escaped from a minimum-security prison southwest of Olympia was serving time for manslaughter after accidentally shooting a good friend in the head. King County Superior Court records say Sage Bear and his friend, Armin Okanovic, had been pointing what they thought was an unloaded handgun at each other in 2007 when the gun went off.

Prosecutors said Bear, who was 17 at the time, was involved in gangs and had previously been convicted of robbery, burglary and theft. He had been warned in court at least four times that he was not allowed to have guns. Bear was sentenced to nearly 11 years for first-degree manslaughter. The other prisoner who escaped was identified as Richard Harvell, who was serving 3½ years on a gun charge.

Corrections officials say two prisoners at the Cedar Creek Corrections Center southwest of Olympia escaped by climbing over a chain link fence topped with razor wire.

Washington Department of Corrections spokeswoman Pam Moore says 30-year-old Richard Harvell and 26-year-old Sage Bear escaped at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, at dusk, and the prison started inmate escape procedures 20 minutes later. Harvell was serving a 3½-year sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm. Bear was doing nearly 11 years for manslaughter.