Escaped Prisoner Apprehended

The 38-year-old man who escaped custody during a pre-trial hearing in Mason County Superior Court has been apprehended.

Picture from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office Twitter page.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office says Donald F. Hartwell Jr. was located early Saturday morning and taken into custody without incident.

Hartwell was unrestrained during court as required by a new state mandated procedure and fled the courthouse at 11:13 AM Tuesday. Sheriff’s Deputies and the Shelton Police Department used search dogs to track Hartwell but were unable to locate him immediately after his escape.