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“Son of Satan” in hospital after release from jail

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
March 7, 2011 8:21 pm

A mentally ill man and self-professed “son of Satan” was taken to Tacoma General Hospital today after spending a weekend in jail following his escape from Western State Hospital.

A state Department of Corrections officer is guarding Jonathan D. Wilson, 26, during his hospital stay.

It’s unclear why the Everett area man was admitted to the hospital.

Corrections Department spokesman Chad Lewis said DOC will decide where to place Wilson – back at Western State or in prison – after he is released from the hospital.

“We’re looking for a safer place to house him,” said Andrea Holmes, who is Wilson’s community corrections officer. “The plan is to have him transferred to another area of the state with resources to deal with his needs.”

Wilson was involuntarily civilly committed to Western State in January, shortly after being released from jail in Snohomish County for a 2008 arson conviction.

After Wilson failed to show up for a supervision appointment, DOC put out a warrant for his arrest and he went back to jail.

It wasn’t long before Wilson was transferred to Western State due to his refusal to abide by his mental health treatments.

Every time he violated the terms of his supervision, a hearing was held and Wilson’s commitment at the hospital was extended.

“He incurred new violations by refusing to engage in treatment or abide by facility rules or making threatening statements,” Holmes said. “All those things kept him in longer and longer.”

While being escorted Friday from the recovery center to the gym, Wilson walked out the door of Western State.

Workers called Lakewood police, who took a report. Lt. Chris Lawler said Wilson was described as a nonviolent “walk away.”

An alert from DOC, however, described him as delusional, paranoid and dangerous.

Somebody noticed Wilson at a Tacoma park Saturday morning and paramedics responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated man.

He was taken to the hospital, where both Lakewood police and DOC officers arrived to deal with Wilson.

Susan Dreyfus, the secretary for the state Department of Social and Health Services, which runs Western State, ordered a review of Wilson’s escape to be completed by Wednesday.

DSHS did not return calls for comment today.

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