PUYALLUP, Wash. -- With a little help from man's best friend, Puyallup police captured a felon who escaped custody at a city hospital Monday morning.
Around 7 a.m. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue was transporting an inmate from the Puyallup City Jail to Good Samaritan Hospital after the inmate had a medical issue in jail. When the ambulance arrived at the hospital, the inmate jumped out of the vehicle and fled.
Officers and police dogs from several agencies immediately began searching the area of 15th Avenue SE near the hospital.
Just after 3:30 p.m., a driver contacted a police traffic officer after the driver spotted a suspicious man wearing orange scrubs without shoes crossing the road in the 1600 block of 7th Street SE. Officers quickly set up a containment area and conducted a police K-9 search in the heavily wooded area.
Police say one of their K-9 officers, Maverick, tracked down and captured the suspect, who was hiding in a backyard.
Police took the suspect into custody without incident.
Kamp Dugger, 27, will be booked in Pierce County Jail for Escape on his original charges, a Superior Court Felony Warrant, and a Department of Corrections Felony Warrant for Escape Community Custody.
Detectives observe Dugger had worn several layers of clothing and shoes that he stole in an attempt to evade police. Police are trying to find any victims who had clothing stolen during the escape attempt.