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Two Geiger inmates recaptured after brief escape

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

A fenced topped with razor wire runs along the perimeter of the Geiger Detention Services facilities. Two inmates jumped the fence and escaped briefly Saturday morning, but were quickly apprehended. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
A fenced topped with razor wire runs along the perimeter of the Geiger Detention Services facilities. Two inmates jumped the fence and escaped briefly Saturday morning, but were quickly apprehended. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

A pair of inmates were apprehended and returned to Geiger Detention Services facilities without incident after briefly escaping Saturday morning.

A motorist passing by the facilities around 5:15 a.m. spotted a man in yellow going over the perimeter security fence, according to a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office news release. The motorist called in the spotting and Geiger went into lockdown while an inmate count was carried out. Meanwhile, sheriff’s deputies, airport police, Airway Heights police, Spokane police and Washington State Patrol troopers responded to the area.

The count revealed that two inmates – identified as Trevor J. McLaughlin and Daniel D. Brian – were missing and law enforcement established a perimeter, believing the two to be on foot. The forces on the ground were joined by Air 1 and two K9 units, Deputy Hunt with K9 Gunnar and Deputy Phil Pfeifer with K9 Enzo.

With the various agencies working in concert, the two inmates were located and taken into custody shortly before 7 a.m., according to the release.

Both face felony charges of escape in the first degree in addition to prior charges, according to the release. Brian was sent in for treatment for lacerations to his leg, probably sustained while going over the fence, while McLaughlin was transported to Spokane County jail.

An internal investigation to determine how the escape occurred is ongoing.


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