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Mother of escaped felon: 'He's just a poor lost kid'

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Taldja Garver says her son Anthony often gets frustrated and suffers from psychological problems which prompt him to say things he doesn't mean.

"Anthony's a talker. Everybody knows that, the neighbors where we live at, they know he's a talker, he talks. He talks and talks," says Garver. "It doesn't mean that he was killing people or he was gonna blow up places or anything, he never harmed anybody."

Anthony Garver, who also goes by the last name Burke was last seen on July 2.

Burke left a federal corrections facility in Victorville, California and was supposed to check-in to a Geiger work release program the next day. He hasn't been seen since boarding a bus in California.

Burke served three years in prison and was charged in 2006 with Possession of Ammunition after having been committed to a mental institution, according to a law enforcement news release.

Court documents allege Burke threatened to blow up buildings and cause disruptions at large public events.

Detectives said they found an Al-Qaeda training manual on Burke's laptop computer.

"He says things but he never acted on them," says Garver. "He's not what they portray him to be." 

A tip led authorities to the area north of Spokane Valley Tuesday night. Burke used to live in the neighborhood where he was reportedly seen, but authorities could not locate the man.

Authorities say Burke should be considered armed and dangerous. Burke's mom worries they will harm her son when he is located.

"I'm afraid Anthony's going to get killed, I'm really afraid of that," she said.
 
Burke's mom said he is more likely to hurt himself if cornered by law enforcement than anyone else.
 
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