Escape-prone prisoner on the loose again

The apparent aim of Port Orchard resident and convicted thief Terrance Anthony Puglisi is to become an escape artist.

The 35-year-old inmate, who broke out of a police van in March, flew the coop again late Thursday, this time from the Kitsap County Jail.

As of Sunday, Puglisi had still not been re-captured by law enforcement officials.

Investigators believe the slender inmate — he’s about 5-feet, 8-inches and about 160 pounds — broke out of the county jail by squeezing through an air vent 20 feet from a cell block floor and slipping into an empty wing of the jail that’s still under construction, and not totally secure, before 11 p.m. Thursday.

Law enforcement officials in the Puget Sound area and near the Washington-Oregon border were notified of Thursday’s break out.

Longview police captured Puglisi days after his first escape in March.

At the time of his escape from the county jail, Puglisi was awaiting trial for a variety of offenses, including possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, failure to appear, driving with a suspended license — and escape from custody.

Puglisi, originally from Vancouver, Wash., and currently of Port Orchard, was returned by law enforcement officers on April 16 after his earlier flight from a Bremerton Police transport van.

“He must think he’s spiderman,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, a spokesman for the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators say escapes from jail are extremely rare. Most occur, if they are going to occur, while an inmate is being transferred to medical or court appointments.

The area of the jail still undergoing construction and through which Puglisi escaped is expected to be complete and under full security by the end of July.

The cell block from which Puglisi escaped was overbooked. \ There were 18 men, including Puglisi, in an area constructed for 12 inmates.

Investigators interviewed in-mates to reconstruct how Puglisi made good his escape.

Officials say he leaped from the second tier of the cell block, onto the top of a metal television stand bolted to the wall.

From there, he crept along with help from a ledge on the wall until he reached a vent opening, 20 feet from the ground, which was boarded up.

Wilson said the cell block was locked down when corrections officers discovered a small cache of bed sheets and boards inside a shower shortly before 10:30 p.m.

A head count was conducted and Puglisi turned up missing.

Two scent-tracking dogs tried to sniff out the fugitive and detectives started to question those thought to be close to Puglisi.

Puglisi previously escaped police custody on March 12 in Port Orchard, while being transported to jail by the Bremerton Police Department. Puglisi slipped out of his restraints and leapt out of a rear window of the police van.

Law enforcement officials returned Puglisi in mid April.

Puglisi, who is also known by several aliases, including Gino Anthony Puglisi, Michael Albert Shelton, Christopher T. Maher and Richard L. Garrett, was convicted of vehicle theft and forgery in Kitsap County Superior Court.

He also carries several gross misdemeanor convictions through district court for third-degree theft and making false or misleading statements.

Puglisi escaped from jail wearing a green-colored jail inmate suit with flip-flop sandals. He has brown hair and blue eyes and has several scars around his nose and eyes.

Puglisi also has tattoos on both his left and right shoulders and on the calf of his right leg.

Anyone with information on Puglisi should call 911.

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