On Tuesday, two dangerous inmates escaped from a correctional center in Washington State, police are currently are searching for them.
The men escaped from the Yakima County Correctional Center, in Yakima, Washington, according to authorities who said they “should be considered dangerous.”
Both inmates are from Spokane, Washington area. They have been arrested and booked at the Kootenai County Jail in Idaho, but due to overcrowding, they were transferred to the Washington correctional center.
Officials said that after the break occurred, they found that the door leading from an inside recreational yard to the outside was unsecured.
31 year old Steven Roche is one of the men who escaped, he was being held on burglary and grand theft charges. While the other man is 31 year old Chad Tipton, he was being held on assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho said that police are now attempting to alert Tipton’ victims of the escape.
The two criminals were last seen during a headcount that was conducted by officials on Monday night. Officials realized that the two inmates were unaccounted for on Tuesday at 4 a.m. and notified the facility of the escape.
According to a statement, the jail believes a staff member left the door open despite finding “pry marks” on the outside of the door.
On Tuesday, the Yakima County Correctional Center issued a statement saying: “It is unknown at this time when the door was unsecured, or by whom. All indications are the door would have had to be left unsecure by a staff member who had access to facility keys.”
According to the statement that after the incident, an “internal gate” was also found open.
The inmates were originally booked in the Kootenai County Jail which stated that the two men were among 37 other inmates who were moved to Washington State due to overcrowding.
Last month Kootenai said in a statement that it had a record 439 inmates in custody despite the facility’s ability to hold 327 inmates only. The statement added that around 80% of those inmates are being held on felony charges.