Bellevue courthouse escapee arrested in Renton Friday

(This information was provided by the Bellevue Reporter, with additional reporting by the Renton Reporter.)

Wendell Downs, who escaped custody at the Bellevue District Courthouse last month, was arrested at around noon today in Renton, according to the Bellevue Police Department.

At the request of the Bellevue Police Department, Renton Police assisted with the arrest as Downs had fled into Renton.

Updates will be reported as soon as they are available.

Downs, 20, had been in custody since Nov. 12, when he was booked on first-degree robbery, second-degree organized retail theft and two other felony theft charges. He was at the Bellevue Courthouse Jan. 31 for a misdemeanor traffic case.

A Bellevue police support officer brought Downs and another inmate to the courthouse from the King County Jail around 11 a.m. Both inmates had their hands shackled in front of them and feet shackled to prevent them from running.

Downs is reported to have started running after he was helped out of the van and is believed to have been picked up by his girlfriend, Tanjanique Hillis, at the bottom of the courthouse driveway.

Hillis was arrested at another King County Courthouse on Feb. 18.

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