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By Brandon Cline

Two convicts escape from fire crew


August 16, 2017

State and local law enforcement officials have begun a manhunt for two convicted criminals who escaped from a Department of Natural Resources fire crew in Goldendale at around 2:30 a.m. on August 15.

The convicts were from the Olympics Corrections Center and escaped from their fire camp, which was located at Goldendale Middle School. They were in town to aid in the Headwater Fire on Satus Pass.

In a press release, the Washington State Department of Corrections said that Tyray Munter, 30, and Maksim Petrovskiy, 22, escaped from their DNR fire crew about 15 minutes prior to when correctional employees conducted a bed check. The employees found that Munter’s and Petrovskiy’s beds had been stuffed and that the two were gone.

Along with state and local law enforcement, the Oregon State Patrol was also notified, and Inmate Recovery Teams were activated. Officials believe that they possibly stole a vehicle to aid in their escape, a black 2014 Jeep Wrangler with a license plate of APX 3286. The Goldendale Police Department said in a press release that neither Munter or Petrovskiy have any ties or contacts in the Goldendale area.

Munter, who sports numerous face tattoos, was convicted on second-degree assault and second-degree theft charges in June of 2016, and was tentatively set to be released in May of 2020. Petrovskiy was convicted of taking a motor vehicle without permission, as well as possession of a stolen vehicle in April of 2016, and was scheduled to be released in December of 2018. Both criminals were convicted in Snohomish County.

Munter is American Indian, has brown eyes, is 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighs 180 pounds. Petrovskiy is Caucasian and also has brown eyes, is 6-feet tall and weighs 178 pounds. Officials say that they are described as wearing khaki pants or grey sweatpants, a khaki coat or grey sweatshirt, and khaki beanie hats.

If you see either inmate, officials urge that you do not approach them, and instead call 911 or contact the Olympic Corrections Center at (360) 374-6181.


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