Search for escaped prison inmate moves to North Bend

Search for escaped prison inmate moves to North Bend

Search for escaped prison inmate moves to North Bend

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 1:01 PM

Police are searching wooded areas around North Bend for a man who escaped the Monroe Correctional Complex this week.

Brandon Musto, 37, broke out by climbing a razor wire fence Wednesday evening. Pieces of clothing were found in the fence, as well as footprints around the perimeter, officers said.

Gone for more than 24 hours now, police said Friday they have credible info that Musto may have been dropped off near North Bend after his escape.

According to Debbie Willis with the Monroe Police Department, Musto was possibly dropped off near Exit 38 on Interstate 90, and then walked into the woods.

But new information indicates he was picked up in a vehicle later Friday morning.

Willis said police have no description of the vehicle and don't know which way it may be headed.

Search teams from multiple agencies are working together to scour the area.

A Grays Harbor County man admitted Thursday to helping Musto escape, but the inmate wasn't found with him.

According to court documents, Rupert Soriano, 59, was the only person Musto called while housed at the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Officers went to Soriano's house in McClearly after Musto had fled and found blood on the inside and outside of his car. Soriano initially denied the accusations, then admitted to picking up Musto outside the prison Wednesday night.

Soriano said he drove Musto to an unknown location.

Police said Soriano also admitted to helping to plan Musto's escape.

Musto was convicted of felony vehicular assault in Thurston County in 2011. He was scheduled to be released in three months.

Musto is described as:

   --white male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, 180 pounds
   --dark hair, brown eyes
   --tattoos on his right arm & left wrist
   --last seen wearing brown khakis, brown jacket, white undershirt

He should be considered dangerous. Anyone who sees him is advised to call 911.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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