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YAKIMA, Wash. -  Schizophrenic killer Phillip Paul is back at Eastern State Hospital after a judge ordered his return to the hospital Monday following his escape during a trip to a county fair.

Paul turned himself in to law enforcement officers late Sunday afternoon

Yakima Superior Court Judge Michael Schwab granted an order Monday to return 47-year-old Phillip Arnold Paul to Eastern State Hospital, a mental institution.Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Susan Arb said the jail intends to transfer him to the hospital later Monday.

Paul turned himself in to law enforcement officers late Sunday afternoon on a rural south-central Washington highway. He escaped from the hospital Thursday during a trip to a county fair.

Paul was committed after he was diagnosed as schizophrenic and acquitted by reason of insanity in the slaying of an elderly woman in Sunnyside in 1987.

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Paul was taken into custody at 4 p.m. Sunday after nearly four days on the run. A criminally insane patient at Eastern State Hospital, Paul walked away from a supervised field trip to the Spokane County Interstate Fair on Thursday.

 

When arrested, Paul had a variety of items in his possession including a guide to outdoor living. To see a larger version of the picture showing what he had in his possession, click here

Saturday, the Sheriff's Office received information that Paul had been given a ride to the Goldendale, Washington area. Investigative teams judged the tip credible and began relocating to that community starting about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Fifty to 60 law enforcement officers were in the wooded area near Goldendale searching for Paul. The group was made up of members of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office, FBI, U.S. Marshals and the Yakima County SWAT Team. 

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter was also used to search the area all morning.  Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said it was the constant pressure from the helicopter that chased Paul out of the timber in which he was hiding and into a failed attempt to hitch another ride out of the area.

A motorist spotted Paul attempting to flag down a ride and alerted police. It was Detective Roger Knight, his partner Det. Mark Renz, and Detective Sergeant Bill Beeman that found the suspect standing in the roadway about 4 p.m. Sunday. Paul was quickly arrested without incident.  Detective Knight was injured by the fugitive in a failed escape attempt in 1991. Paul fled from a

Eye in the sky: A Washington State Patrol plane assisted in locating Paul from the air

field trip to Medical Lake and began heading Yakima Superior Court Judge Michael Schwab granted an order Monday to return 47-year-old Phillip Arnold Paul to Eastern State Hospital, a mental institution.
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