State investigates patient's escape from Western State Hospital

Mar 7, 2011

The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is reviewing how a patient was able to escape from
Western State Hospital at Lakewood.

Jonathan D. Wilson remained in Pierce County Jail over the weekend, and Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis says officials are deciding Monday where he should be transferred. 

The News Tribune's Stacia Glenn reports Wilson may be headed to Mason County.

Washington Corrections Center in Shelton is "a likely option," Lewis said.

Wilson, who refers to himself as "The Son of Satan" was involuntarily committed in January.

The 26-year-old was captured in Tacoma on Saturday, a day after he walked out the doors as he was escorted from the recovery center to the gym.

DSHS Secretary Susan Dreyfus said Saturday that all security protocols were followed. She says the department will provide a full briefing Wednesday.

Wilson was admitted to Western Jan. 18 on an involuntary civil commitment. He had previously been jailed in Snohomish County in 2008 in an arson case.