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Neighbors on alert, not concerned about escaped inmate

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

For some people in Spokane County the manhunt for Anthony Garver is a little too much like deja vu. Back in 2009, Garver hid from deputies and FBI agents in the woods near Mt. Spokane for nearly a month before he was captured.

Deputies say Garver threatened to bomb the Department of Social and Health Services in Spokane the last time he was on the run. They told KHQ on Friday that they have increased security and are telling their workers to leave in pairs to make sure they stay safe.

There are about a few dozen people who live near the Garver family in Spokane County. Many of them long-time residents.

They say they know about Anthony Garver  because of his escape back in 2009  so they aren't too scared of Garver this time around.

Roger Kann lives near Off My Lane near the Garver family. He's been living in the quiet neighborhood since 1983. "It's unlikely that he would come to this isolated patch of woods," said Garver.  

Kann's lived through this before back in 2009. Police searched for Garver near his home after he was a no-show at a work release program.

"I think it went on for two weeks or so," said Kann.

For a road that normally has no traffic, Kann saw a lot of activity on Thursday. "The police presence is so overwhelming right now, the number of vehicles and police have stopped and talked to us," said Kann.

Kann kept his porch light on Thursday night, to make sure it was well-lit in case Garver showed up and Kann has a neighbor who is a policeman.

"We let each other know when we are going to be gone so we can look after each other's property," said Kann.

Kann says that he does have weapons- guns just in case anything were to happen, though he doesn't think it will.

KHQ tried Thursday and Friday to talk with the Garver family but were turned away from their property both times.

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