Second inmate who escaped from Yakima County jail in custody
YAKIMA, Wash. — A second inmate who escaped from Yakima County jail earlier this month in now in custody.
Steven Douglas Roche, 31 was arrested early Wednesday morning in in Thurston County near Olympia by the Violent Offender Task Force, according to Yakima County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Mike Russell. He was brought to Thurston County jail and later transported back to Yakima.
Roche was one of two men discovered missing from their jail cells on Apr. 4. Investigation found a door was left unsecured in the courtyard Roche, allowing the inmates to escape.
Task force members received tips from the public on Roche’s location and set up a surveillance operation at a hotel where Roche was staying, Sgt. Russell said.
The exact location where the suspect was found has not yet been released, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.
Roche and fellow inmate Chad Everett Tipton were both jailed in Yakima under a contract with Kootenai County, Idaho.
Roche was being held on charges of burglary, grand theft and forgery. Tipton was facing charges of assault, driving with a suspended license and unlawful possession of a firearm.