Olympic prison escapee captured near Forks



FORKS, Wash. (AP) — An escapee from the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks was able to get about 14 miles away before he stopped at a cabin at the Hoh River Resort, still wearing his prison uniform, and asked to use the phone.

It happened to be a cabin occupied by an off-duty prison guard.

Resort owner Sally Capelle told the Peninsula Daily News the guard tackled him Wednesday, but the inmate was able to break away, losing his shirt in the process.

About five hours later, corrections officers caught 39-year-old James Edward Russell in dense brush about a mile away from the resort.

State Deputy Prisons Director Earl Wright says Russell had turned up missing at a Tuesday night head count at the minimum security prison south of Forks.


Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com