Sex offender tries to escape McNeil Island

Staff writerNovember 22, 2013 

A sex offender tried to escape McNeil Island and begged his captors to put him in solitary confinement at Pierce County Jail rather than return him to the state’s Special Commitment Center.

The attempted escape took place Sept. 28 and the 44-year-old man made it over the first of three fences designed to keep sexually violent predators inside. He allegedly hopped a chain link fence near a housing unit but never made it past a razor wire fence and an electric fence.

When an SCC employee caught the sex offender, the man allegedly referred to his fellow residents as “girls with tattoos” and begged to instead be taken “to the hole and P.C. lockup,” according to court records.

The man was civilly committed to SCC in August 2011. His motion to dismiss his commitment was denied July 31.

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