Police Search North Bend Exit 38 Area for Monroe Prison Escapee

** November 9th, 1PM update:  Police now believe Musto was picked up in a vehicle and taken out of the North Bend area. **

This is in from Komo News.  To watch the video link from the 11AM newscast click HERE.  A live phone interview with the Monroe Police Dept. during the newscast stated they believe the escapee may be “mobile in a vehicle” now, but couldn’t give a vehicle description.  Police had credible evidence that Musto was dropped at exit 38 near North Bend.  Twin Falls Middle School was put on lock-down for awhile this morning as a precaution, according to one school board member.

“Law enforcement personnel have converged on an area near North Bend in a search for an inmate who escaped Wednesday from Monroe Correctional Complex.


Photo courtesy of Komo News

The escapee, Brandon J. Musto, 37, had only three months left to serve on his sentence when he turned up missing Wednesday evening at the Monroe prison’s minimum security unit.

Musto apparently went over a fence topped with razor wire, although officials are checking video as they investigate, said Chad Lewis, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Debbie Willis at Monroe Police says they have received credible information that Musto is in the area of North Bend, exit 38 off Interstate 90.

She said officers will be searching the wooded area, with assistance from King County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the Washington State Patrol, the Department of Corrections and U.S. Marshals.

People who live in the area are asked to call 911 if they see anything unusual. Musto is described as white, 5-foot-8, 180 pounds with brown eyes and dark hair. He has tattoos on his right arm and left wrist.

A 59-year-old man, whose name was not released, was arrested Thursday in McCleary on suspicion of aiding Musto in his escape from the Monroe facility.”

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