Trustee who escaped Pierce County Jail arrested in Tacoma

A man who escaped from the Pierce County Jail while working in a program for well-behaved inmates was arrested late Monday and placed back behind bars.

Sheriff’s deputies have been looking for Richard Robinson, 31, since early November when he sneaked away from his kitchen duties, hopped a fence and fled.

An anonymous tipster told police Robinson was staying at a home in the 1500 block of East 38th Street.

When officers went there about 11 p.m. Monday, they saw Robinson looking out a window. Although the people who lived in the home told officers Robinson wasn’t there, police eventually found him inside.

Robinson initially was jailed on charges of first-degree burglary, firearm theft and first-degree trafficking stolen property. Prosecutors since have charged him with second-degree escape.

Robinson was a jail trustee and part of a program in which nonviolent inmates with good behavior are allowed to help with laundry and other chores. The work can lead toward early release, and trustees are not monitored as closely as violent inmates.

He is to be arraigned on the new charge Wednesday (Jan. 7).

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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