Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, October 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 46° Cloudy
News >  Crime/Public Safety

Second Kootenai County Jail escapee found

UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 9:02 p.m.

Steven D. Roche (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)
Steven D. Roche (Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office)

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office has captured the second man who escaped from the Yakima County Corrections Center on April 4.

Steven D. Roche was arrested around 3 a.m. Wednesday in the Tacoma-Olympia area, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force received a tip about Roche’s location and found him at a hotel.

Roche and Chad E. Tipton were discovered missing during a bed check at 4 a.m. on April 4. An investigation turned up an unsecured door leading from an inside recreational yard to the outside as well as an open internal gate.

Tipton and Roche were among 37 Kootenai County inmates being held in Yakima because of overcrowding at the Kootenai County Jail. Roche was being held on burglary and grand theft charges.

Tipton was captured April 7 in Olympia.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email