An inmate who escaped custody in January is back in police custody after a car chase that ended in Renton on Friday.
Police were taking Wendell Downs III, 20, to the Bellevue District Court on January 31 when he escaped in shackles. Police say he was assisted by his girlfriend, 20-year-old Tanjanique Q. Hillis, who was taken into custody and arraigned last week but released on Monday. Both are from the Renton area.
Authorities arrested Downs after a car chase that ended in a Renton cul-de-sac, about nine miles from where he escaped.
Police have not said much about how they tracked Downs, but Renton police said they got a request for backup after someone spotted a car along Coal Creek Parkway in the Newcastle area around 11 a.m. A short car chase ensued into the Renton area and ended in the cul-de-sac at NE 18th Place and Duvall Avenue NE.
Neighbors report seeing Downs running up the street and disappearing behind some houses. Police were on his trail and cornered him in a backyard. During the foot chase, two fences were knocked down; one woman still in her bathrobe said she saw one officer tackle Downs in her flower garden. She said there was a struggle and it took several officers to get Downs into handcuffs.
Known on the streets as "Boom Boom," Downs has a reputation for being aggressive and violent. Since 2009, he has had 31 warrants issued for his arrest.
He was originally arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in the third degree. He had previously been jailed with bail set at $350,000 on robbery and theft charges. The prosecutors office says Downs has now been charged with escape and faces possible other charges.
KING 5's Jake Whittenberg contributed to this report.