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PRESS RELEASE: Department of Corrections Searching for Inmate Who Escaped from Capitol State Forest Work Crew

Released January 30, 2018

Contact Angie Fitch, (360) 359-4103

Department of Corrections

UPDATED 1/30/2018, 5:50 p.m. – Javier Lopez-Esteves was apprehended safely and without incident at 5:14 p.m. in the Capitol State Forest. Lopez-Esteves is being transferred to the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Wash., for questioning and pending investigation.

The Department of Corrections' Community Response Unit and Inmate Recovery Team worked in close partnership with other agencies, including Department of Fish & Wildlife, Washington State Patrol, Department of Transportation Aviation, Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office, and Thurston County Sheriff's Office, and greatly values and thanks its public safety partners.

Javier Lopez-Esteves state custody photo

Javier Lopez-Esteves, 28
DOC Number: 391185
Date of Birth: 05/23/1989
Race: Caucasian
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 170 lbs.
Eye Color: Brown

LITTLEROCK – Washington Department of Corrections and local law enforcement are searching for an inmate, Javier Lopez-Esteves, 28, who escaped from the Capitol State Forest work crew (pdf) at approximately 10:05 a.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Correctional employees initiated an inmate recount and escape procedures. The facility notified local and state law enforcement, and activated inmate recovery teams.

Lopez-Esteves (DOC Number 391185) was convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree and two counts of manufacture, deliver, or possession with intent to deliver narcotics out of Thurston County and he began serving his 45 month sentence on July 28, 2017. His expected release date had been tentatively set for April 9, 2019.

If you see Javier Lopez-Esteves, please do not attempt to approach him as he may be armed and/or dangerous. Please call 911 with information, contact Cedar Creek Corrections Center at (360) 359-4121, or submit a tip.

Cedar Creek Corrections Center is located near Littlerock, Wash., opened in 1954, and houses approximately 480 minimum custody male inmates.