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Monday, October 29, 2007
Salem Ore. Oct. 29, 2007
A man and a woman were arrested Thursday night at the Oregon State Hospital after driving to the psychiatric facility in a stolen car containing methamphetamine and attempting to help a patient escape, officials said Friday.
“The escape attempt was foiled by our ward staff and security staff, both of whom did a good job,” interim hospital Superintendent Maynard Hammer said.
Staff members became suspicious when they spotted a vehicle with Washington license plates drive onto the hospital campus Thursday night, Hammer said. A person got out of the car to look at a security fence behind the hospital’s two maximum-security wards, then the car left.
Later, the suspects returned. About 10 p.m., hospital employees reportedly caught them tampering with a security fence outside the hospital’s 124-year-old J Building, just south of Center Street NE. The suspects were in possession of cutting tools, officials said.
Staff members and responding Salem police officers detained the suspects until they were arrested by Oregon State Police.
Arrested were Thomas E. Boring, 29, of Gresham, and Monica Holbert, 50, of Vancouver, Wash. Both were taken to Marion County jail.
Boring faces charges of conspiracy to commit escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief and possession of methamphetamine. Holbert faces charges of conspiracy to commit escape and conspiracy to commit criminal mischief.
State police reported that the suspects drove to the area in a 1994 Ford Explorer that was stolen in Vancouver. Methamphetamine was found during a search of the vehicle, police said.
Hospital officials aren’t aware of any connection between the suspects and the patient thought to be involved in the failed escape, Hammer said.
Hammer declined to identify the criminally committed patient, citing laws protecting patient privacy. He confirmed that the patient has a history of escape attempts.
“I think we know where this patient’s interests lie, so we’ll be extra-vigilant for a while,” Hammer said.
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