One Okanogan escapee arrested, plus alleged accomplice


OKANOGAN — An escaped inmate from the Okanogan County Jail made it as far as Portland, Oregon before being recaptured Tuesday, along with a woman accused of helping him flee.

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office says U.S. Marshals arrested 53-year-old escapee Christian Edward White of Rock Island about 4:14 p.m., along with Teresa Lancaster, 64, of Cashmere. White escaped from the jail through an HVAC vent on Jan. 5, along with Kristofer L. Wittman of Bellingham.

Teresa Lancaster: Accused of aiding in escape.

Lancaster is suspected of helping in the escape. Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies say she spoke by phone with White before he fled and promised to pick him up if he made it out of the jail. She faces possible charges of rendering criminal assistance and conspiracy.

White had been jailed since Dec. 1, awaiting trial on charges in Douglas County of fleeing police, methamphetamine possession, malicious mischief and hit and run. Douglas County holds a contract with the Okanogan County Jail for detention of its pretrial felony inmates.

Wittman, who’s 28, was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, malicious mischief and a previous escape attempt, and he remained at large as of Tuesday evening. Sheriff Tony Hawley said anyone spotting Wittman should call law enforcement immediately and not attempt to confront him.