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Escaped Inmate Captured in Kennewick After Nearly Two Hours on the Run

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- The Pepper Tree Village Apartments on North Arthur Street was end the of the line for 24-year-old Gerald Hyde. Hyde definitely had a thrilling afternoon as he tried to escape custody, which he managed to do for several hours.  

Our cameras were there to capture the moment when Benton County Sheriff's Deputies took Hyde back into custody after nearly 2 hours of running from the law. 

Hyde was captured just feet away from Kamiakin High School near the time when school is let out for the day. Moments after the arrest, a school bus came by to drop off elementary students on their way home. 

Sergeant Kevin McCary with the Benton County Sheriff's Office says Hyde wasn't a violent offender and didn't pose a risk to the public while on the run. 

"He was a gentleman who had a girlfriend on the outside and wanted to go home and was in the process of trying to get there," Sgt. McCary said. "So there wasn't any knowledge of any violence to be concerned about."

Immediately after Hyde took off running inside the Benton County Justice Center, the sheriff's office sent out a notice to all local law enforcement agencies who began searching for him.

Sergeant McCary says officers quickly received tips about his whereabouts. Those tips led them to these apartments where he was hiding at a friends place.

When officers tried to arrest him, Hyde tried to take off again, but didn't get far. Hyde now faces charges for escape on top of his drug charges.

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KENNEWICK, WA - The Benton County Sheriff's Department said Gerald Hyde, 24, escaped from the Benton County Courthouse while being arraigned on local charges but was caught with in an hour.

Hyde escaped while being transported between the courthouse and the jail. During the escape, Hyde was seen leaving the courthouse through the front doors, wearing his jail issued pants, running barefoot.

After a short search for Hyde, he was located at a friend’s apartment in the area of Canal and Arthur Street in Kennewick. Hyde again tried to run from officers but he was quickly apprehended without injury to himself or officers.

Charges for escape will be sent to the prosecutor’s office for a review for charges.

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