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Patient escapes from psychiatric hospital, quickly captured

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A patient escaped from Washington's largest psychiatric hospital, but was quickly captured. A patient escaped from Washington's largest psychiatric hospital, but was quickly captured.
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A patient escaped from Washington's largest psychiatric hospital, but was quickly captured.
    
Lt. Chris Lawler with the Lakewood Police Department says the patient got out of Western State Hospital for a brief period of time Monday but was back in custody soon after.
    
Lawler says a patient went missing at about 1:45 p.m. while being escorted by eight patients and two staff members. Staff discovered the patient was missing when they got to their destination.

Lawler described the man as 31 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 225 lbs with brown hair. Police say he was considered "gravely disabled" and flagged as a threat to himself and others.

Hospital security searched for the man and eventually took him into custody just after 3 p.m. and returned to the hospital. 

Police are investigating what happened, but say it appears he snuck away during the escort. 
    
Monday's escape follows the April 6 escape of two dangerous patients. One was caught the next morning and the other made it to Spokane and was on the run for two days before being caught.
    
An investigation by The Associated Press found that there have been 185 escapes or walk-aways from the 800-bed psychiatric hospital since 2013.

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