Trustee escapes from Pierce County Jail

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man they said fled the county jail while working in a program for well-behaved inmates.

Richard Robinson, 31, was helping in the kitchen area about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when he hopped a fence and took off as inmates were taking out trash, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Monday.

Robinson was a jail trustee, taking part in a program in which nonviolent inmates with good behavior can work, doing laundry and other chores. Trustees, who can earn time toward early release, are not as closely supervised as violent inmates.

“They take them off-site to pick up litter; they do a lot of things,” Troyer said. “That’s why we call them: ‘trustees.’ ”

When Robinson escaped he was in the parking lot in an area where inmates are not allowed to be but trustees are, Troyer said.

He had been in jail awaiting trial for charges of first-degree burglary, firearm theft and first-degree trafficking stolen property. He now also is charged with second-degree escape and has a warrant out for his arrest.

Robinson is described as 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds. He has light brown hair and hazel eyes. His tattoos include: “Made in Tacoma,” across his chest, “Robinson” around his upper right arm and a Tasmanian devil and grim reaper on his left forearm.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Robinson will no longer be welcome in the trustee program if he is returned to the jail, Troyer said.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268