A Grays Harbor County Jail inmate who escaped June 26 by hiding in a garbage can has been found and is back in custody, said Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Brad Johansson.
Tumwater Police spotted a suspicious woman in a Motel 6 parking lot Thursday. The woman walked off as officers approached the car, but officers saw what they believed to be a person hiding under blankets in the car. The man was identified as the escapee, 40-year-old James Bartholomew, and was arrested on his escape warrant, according to Johansson.
A search warrant was obtained and heroin and methamphetamine were located in the area where Bartholomew was hiding, said Johansson, adding Bartholomew will be facing additional drug charges from this new incident. He was transported to the Grays Harbor County Jail.
At the time of his escape from the jail kitchen in the garbage can, Bartholomew was preparing to plead to drug and weapons offenses, according to an earlier statement from Johansson, and was facing a lengthy sentence. Jail authorities said another inmate helped Bartholomew, wheeling the large plastic garbage tote outside.