An infamous Spokane criminal briefly escaped the custody of Geiger Corrections Center Friday afternoon after he was taken to see his public defense attorney.
Freddie Joe Hall was not handcuffed at the time of his escape despite Geiger policy that requires that inmates wear waist chains and handcuffs while being transported, said Geiger director Leon Long. The rule was created in April after a Geiger inmate escaped custody while being taken to the corrections center.
“Apparently, the staff didn’t comply with that,” Long said. “I’ll make sure the policy is implemented totally.”
Hall and about 15 other Geiger inmates were taken to a public defenders’ office by bus Friday, Long said. At about 3 p.m., after meeting with his attorney, Hall ran from the scene. The inmates were supervised by one unarmed Geiger transport officer.
Hall was arrested by Spokane police about a half hour later, near Monroe Street and Boone Avenue.
“It’s the notorious Hall family that we deal with on a daily basis,” said Spokane Police Sgt. Joe Walker.
Hall’s brother Teddy Lee Hall is in jail, facing numerous charges including possession of a controlled substance, identity theft and burglary. His bail is set at $100,000.
Another brother, Eddie Ray Hall, is wanted by police on a drug charge and for jumping bail. A reward has been offered by Secret Witness for information that leads to Eddie Hall’s arrest.
Freddie Hall was at Geiger facing several charges, including possession of a controlled substance. After he was arrested again Friday, he was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a charge of first-degree escape.
The three brothers with rhyming names all have criminal convictions. Eddie alone has been arrested at least 40 times, and has cost taxpayers more than $1 million in court, incarceration and medical costs, The Spokesman-Review has previously reported.
Geiger is a minimum- and medium-security center run by Spokane County. Most inmates are taken to Geiger from the Spokane County Jail.
Long said there will be an investigation into the escape and said that Geiger staff could be disciplined for not following the handcuffing policy.
Steven J. Silversten escaped custody April 6 by kicking out the window of a van while being transported to Geiger.
His escape occurred the day after a Geiger inmate was mistakenly released.
In late August, an inmate escaped over a fence. In November, three men fled by going under a fence.
Silversten and the other inmates were all recaptured.
Long said he believes Geiger has solved escape problems at the main center.
“We think we’ve pretty well resolved the issue at Geiger, but we’re going to have to work on the transport now,” Long said. “We’re trying to get some respect from the public at Geiger and this doesn’t help us at all.”
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