Escaped Monroe inmate captured near North Bend trailhead

Brandon Musto, a convicted felon who escaped from the Monroe Correctional Complex Wednesday night, Nov. 7, was recaptured Sunday near North Bend.

A King County Sheriff's search dog team as well as SWAT members searched the area of the Rattlesnake Ridge trailhead starting around 4:30 p.m., when police received a tip from a citizen.

The citizen said that a man resembling Musto had been near the trailhead around 2:25 p.m., and had asked to borrow the man's cellphone, so he could call his mother. He said that Musto ran into the wood after the call, when he saw another car pull into the parking lot.

Police verified the phone number that the man had called, and it did belong to Musto's mother. They quickly set up a command post near the trailhead off Exit 27, and began searching the area. A dog picked up Musto's trail around 7 p.m., and by 7:40 p.m., the officers had caught up with Musto. He attempted to flee, but the dog stopped him.

Deputies arrested Musto, walked him back to the trailhead, and then put him into an ambulance for transport to a hospital, to treat a dog bite on his leg. After he was treated, King County transferred custody of Musto to Snohomish County deputies, who booked him into the Snohomish County Jail.

Musto had only three months left on his prison term when he escaped. He was convicted of vehicular assault in Thurston County, and began serving time in September, 2011.

At least one man was arrested for helping Musto after his escape.


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