1 who escaped Washington state psych hospital caught, 1 on the lam

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LAKEWOOD, Wash. - One down, one to go.

That was the sentiment in Washington state late Thursday morning, after authorities recaptured one of two escapees from a large psychiatric hospital who had been arrested for violent crimes.

Mark Alexander Adams, Credit:Lakewood PD

Mark Alexander Adams, Credit: Lakewood PD

The arrest of 58-year-old Mark Alexander Adams in Des Moines, a city about 15 miles south of downtown Seattle, was cause for relief among police in Lakewood, where Western State Hospital sits.

Still, the fugitive with an even more horrific track record remains on the lam.

That fugitive, Anthony Garver, was first caught in the summer of 2013 for allegedly tying a woman to a bed with electric cords, then stabbing her to death.

Both Garver and Adams had been ruled not competent to stand trial.

Pair 'got a considerable head start'

Both Garver and Adams had been committed for mental illness treatment to Western State, described on its website as "one of the largest psychiatric hospitals west of the Mississippi" with more than 800 beds.

The two been seen in that medical facility's dining hall around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lakewood police.

They weren't noticed missing until about 1½ hours later after having gotten out -- possibly through a loose window -- then walked off together.

"They got a considerable head start," Lakewood police spokesman Chris Lawler told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle.

Anthony Garver, Credit:Lakewood PD

Anthony Garver, Credit: Lakewood PD

Police had urged the public to be on the lookout for both men but not to interact with them.

"CALL 911 if you see these two escapees or have information," a post on the Lakewood police's Facebook page said. "DO NOT attempt to contact them!"

Considered not competent to stand trial

Garver and Adams had been at Western State Hospital since February 2015 but had been on authorities' radar long before then.

A fugitive wanted on several outstanding warrants, Garver was charged in July 2013 with murder in the killing of Phillipa S. Evans-Lopez, 20.

Detectives linked Garver, who sometimes uses the last name Burke, to the woman's death based on evidence from the scene and surveillance video footage showing the two of them together in the days before her death, according to the Snohomish County, Washington, Sheriff's Office.

Adams was arrested for second-degree assault/domestic violence in 2014.

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