Family: we will not protect Phillip Paul - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Family: we will not protect Phillip Paul

YAKIMA, Wash. - The family of escaped Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip A. Paul says they will not protect Paul from authorities.  Friday morning, a reporter with KNDO, a KHQ affiliate in Yakima, spoke with Phillip Paul's older brother, Tom Paul.

Tom Paul says he believes his brother is on his way to Sunnyside - likely to his childhood home, which is now occupied by another family member.  Tom says Phillip typically contacts family members about two to three times per week but says, as far as he knows, no one has heard from Phillip since the escape at the fair Thursday.  Emphasizing that his brother is seriously ill, Tom says he could be a serious threat.

"Let's just put it this way, the family is doing every effort we can to get him back in, like when [the murder of Ruth Mottley] first happened it was my mom that figured out that Phillip had committed the crime... so there's nobody in the family that will protect Phillip because they're more concerned about the public and other family members, than his desire to be free."

Tom did not say whether he believes Phillip will actually attack anyone, but did question why Eastern State Hospital allowed Phillip, a man committed for murder, to go on the field trip to the fair.

"That's why I'm doing the interview.  In the mental state that he is, he needs to be apprehended as quickly as possible.  My personal opinion is the hospital was very irresponsible letting him go to the fair."

For more on why Eastern State Hospital allowed patients to go to the fair, click here.
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