Escaped convicts from Idaho arrested in Touchet


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.


Ridge Dains


Caleb Thomas

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.


revlis20 1 year, 6 months ago

Good job by the local law enforcement, and the citizen who called in..

Where did they get a .45 and a AK47 in just a few hours after escaping?


barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

This is proof.... If a criminal wants a gun... He can get one............. Just needs connections to the seedy side of life.........


namvet60 1 year, 6 months ago

Obviously these two didn't wait for a background check to be able to make there acquisition. :)


barracuda 1 year, 6 months ago

Speaking of Guns.... Anyone see this story in the regular news? Not likely, as the main stream media will not promote this message! A man with a legal carried gun stopped a man with an illegal gun in the process of shooting others.......


grammaphyllis 1 year, 6 months ago

They escaped two days ago. (Saturday) and made it to W W today (Monday) in the stolen car . Unknown where the weapons were acquired, but I would bet it was not a legal transaction. Info from the Lewiston Tribune.


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