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Seattle police arrest rapist with mental capacity of 14-year-old who went missing from mental hospital

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Eric Wyatt (Photo: Dept. of Corrections)

TACOMA — Seattle police officers watching Q13 FOX News helped capture convicted rapist, Eric Wyatt, on Monday night —  just hours after he was featured on Q13 FOX News and the Washington’s Most Wanted website, catchwmw.com.

A warning about Wyatt was broadcast on Q13 FOX News Monday night.

Seattle police officers saw him on the newscasts and rememberd that they had seen a guy matching Wyatt’s description earlier in the day in Capitol Hill, police said. They alerted officers on the next shift who spotted him around 4 a.m. walking in the 200 block of Broadway and took him into custody.

Officers say Wyatt told them he just planned to walk around until he was caught.

Wyatt had failed to return to the Western State psychiatric hospital after being given a one-day pass earlier this week. Officers said Wyatt has been given one-day passes before, but has always returned to Western State Hospital in Lakewood.

DOC officers said Wyatt has the mental capacity of a 14-year-old, cannot control his sexual urges and is dangerous.

Wyatt is a level 3 sex offender who was convicted of raping a male roommate.

His case raises the question why a high-risk sex offender was allowed to leave the hospital?

Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark Lindquist, is pushing for a change in the law. “This is an alarming example, but not the only incident of dangerous offenders being released in the community without adequate supervision.”

Lindquist says, they are making some progress with a new proposal to make it more difficult for offenders to escape from Western State Hospital.

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20 comments

  • Tania Fale

    Like if they knew that he was given a pass on 9/2 its common sense especially of his nature to inform the public like ASAP instead of a week later?? I would be furious because now to make sure the safety of my children is my first priority.

  • Dawn O'Connell

    I have to lil girls that like to ride their bikes n shit. That’s not cool to put us all n danger. Especially with the fair going on n shit not lo ok . @ all. N when some shit does happen to police won’t do shit unless it’s one of their own

  • Stephanie

    Whoever allowed him to have these day passes should be held liable for anything he does during the use of the day pass. This is so ridiculous, WHY on EARTH would they even consider giving someone like him a pass to be able to be in public!?!!!! They need to have a law that these people are held responsible for these people while on their day passes. We’d see a huge change if that law was put in place.

  • Gary Vigil

    How can someone that large stay hidden without help from someone else? He is gonna hurt someone if he’s not caught. So why isn’t he really “famous” yet? I mean this is the first I’ve seen him, and I’m a newshound! Let’s get this guy caught by making him a very well known person. I’m going to do my part, and you do yours.

  • AIMEE

    Sometimes these patients already serve their time, but they are not quite ready to leave. When they have been “good” for a certain amount of time, they can work their ways up a level system. Maybe they felt he hadn’t repeated any offense since, & he was safe to leave for the day?

    • Brent

      You don’t serve your time at Western- you gain some level of competency and go back to court for a trial or back to prison to serve your sentence or stay there until you are no longer a danger to yourself and others. Level three is a good indication that the experts believe him to have a high risk to reoffend. “Maybe they felt he hadn’t repeated any offense since…” Since they caught him for raping his roommate and put him in custody? Why is it I read your comment like : Well while we have been watching you, you haven’t raped anyone else… so all good- here are some suckers to pass out at the park.

  • RJChevy

    I question the leadership at Western State Hospital. How can they judge this individual to be incompetent and not be recharged with his past crimes? Could the average individual have a single day pass (with his past history), somehow make it to Seattle from Lakewood and walk around Seattle at night and not get mugged or worse.

  • mike

    It’s DSHS……ran by a bunch of bleeding heart liberal fuktards. How about the last mega rapist that got a trip to the fair in central, easter Washington from the lone bin over there.