One of Yakima County Jail escapees captured in Olympia

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One of Yakima County Jail escapees captured in Olympia

A manhunt initiated on Tuesday April 4 for two escaped inmates from Yakima County Jail is is slowly coming to a close Saturday, after one inmate was captured by authorities.

Steven Roche and Chad Tipton, both 31, were out of their cells during a 4 a.m. headcount in Yakima County Jail on April 4.

A search of the facility found an unsecured door leading from the inside recreational yard to the outside enabling both inmates to escape.

It is unknown when the door was unsecured, or by whom, however, all indications revealed that the door would have had to be left unsecured by a staff member who had access to facility keys.

The investigation of the unsecured door is still ongoing.

At approximately 11:30 p.m. Friday April 7, Yakima County Jail escapee Chad Everett Tipton (can be seen in the right hand side of the photo) was arrested in Olympia Washington by the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, Olympia Police Department and Washington State Patrol.

Tipton was being held in Yakima County Jail for assault, driving with a suspended license, and for unlawful possession of a firearm while he was in Kootenai County.

However, authorities are still searching for 31-year-old Steven Douglas Roche, (can be seen in the left hand side of photo) who also escaped with Everett on April 4.

Roche has a last known address from Spokane Washington.

Roche was being held in Yakima County Jail for burglary and forgery charges that took place out of Kootenai County.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Steven Douglas Roche please contact local law enforcement or call 911.

Please refer questions to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Chief Ed Levesque 509-574-2545 or Director Ed Campbell or Chief Scott Himes Yakima County Department of Corrections 509-574-1758/ 509-574-1717.