Clark County Jail inmate recaptured after escape

Skyler Santillan, 35, was located about a mile and a half northeast of the jail at around 11 a.m. and taken into custody

An inmate at the Clark County Jail escaped Friday morning but was recaptured a few hours later thanks in part to an alert Clark County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy.

On Friday (July 9) at 7:27 a.m., the deputy sheriff was driving near 11th and Daniels in the city of Vancouver, near the Clark County Jail.  He observed a subject wearing jail attire running away from the facility.  The deputy pursued the subject, and lost sight of him.  A massive search was launched for the subject, who was identified as Skylar Santillan, age 35. 

Santillan was located about a mile and a half northeast of the jail at around 11 a.m. and taken into custody.

It was learned that Santillan was listed as a trustee in the jail, meaning he had earned more freedom inside the jail.  Santillan was awaiting transport to the Washington State Prison in Shelton, where he was going to spend more time for violating the terms of his probation.  Santillan was re-booked into the Clark County Jail for two additional counts of felony Escape. 

Santillan’s trustee privilege has been revoked, not likely to be reinstated according to the CCSO report.  

The circumstances that led to Santillan’s escape are currently under investigation.

Information provided by Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

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Mike Harris
Mike Harris
21 days ago

What in the heck is going on at the jail. Some guy is sentenced to go to prison and he is made a trustee, (inmate worker). Did somebody fall down and smack their head and loose all common sense?

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