WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, with the aid of the Washington State Patrol, arrested two escaped convicts from Idaho this morning near Touchet.
According to Chief Deputy John King, law enforcement was alerted to a suspicious vehicle at Zip Zone in Walla Walla after a woman “who monitors Facebook” called police. King said the unnamed woman gave police a description of a vehicle with Idaho license plates after becoming suspicious.
Dispatch identified the car as a stolen vehicle, and the two occupants matched the description of men who had recently escaped custody in Idaho.
A short time later Deputy Brian Bush spotted the suspect vehicle in Lowden and a “pursuit of sorts” ensued, according to King. Washington State Patrol and Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office Deputies cornered the suspects near Touchet, and the unidentified men were arrested without incident.
King said a loaded .45 caliber handgun was found underneath the passenger seat, and an unloaded AK-47 was found in the trunk of the vehicle. King said the Sheriff’s Office would issue a press release later this morning.
According to the Lewiston Tribune, Caleb Joe Thomas and Ridge Scott Dains were discovered missing shortly after 12 a.m. from the North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood.
The newspaper said Thomas, 20, has a criminal record that includes convictions in Canyon and Payette counties for solicitation to commit perjury, first-degree arson, destruction of evidence and grand theft; and that Dains, 21, has a criminal record that includes a burglary conviction in Canyon County.