Psychiatric hospital men escaped from under federal scrutiny

A Washington state psychiatric hospital that a man accused of torturing a woman to death escaped from already faces federal scrutiny over safety programs and attacks on patients and employees.

Anthony Garver, who remained on the loose, was charged in 2013 with tying a 20-year-old woman to her bed with electrical cords, stabbing her 24 times in the chest and slashing her throat. He was found too mentally ill for trial.

Garver, 28, escaped Wednesday night with Mark Alexander Adams, 58, a patient who had been accused of domestic assault in 2014. The two crawled out a window in a locked, lower-security unit of the hospital and Adams was captured the next morning.

Authorities believe Garver bought a bus ticket from Seattle across the state to Spokane and authorities there searched for him Thursday evening in a wooded area with dogs, a SWAT team and helicopters after he stopped at his parents’ house in the area.

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