Whatcom County Sheriff's Office investigating inmate escape from work center

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 12, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office is still trying to figure out how an inmate at the Whatcom County Jail Work Center escaped Saturday, Aug. 10.

Andrew Scott Huber, 28, reportedly scaled what should have been a "climb-proof" enclosure between 1:40 and 2:30 p.m. and crawled through a small opening above the outdoor recreation area, according to the sheriff's office.

The enclosure is more than 12 feet tall, made from chain-link fence and then another fence above that to make it difficult to climb. Huber wasn't under direct supervision at the time, and investigators are looking into whether there is a blind spot on the cameras that would explain why he wasn't seen, Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

"We're still looking at exactly what he did and how he did it," Parks said.

Huber was arrested at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday on the beach near Locust Avenue, after investigators discovered he had contacted people in Bellingham.

Huber was originally booked into the Whatcom County Jail on July 19 to serve a three-day sentence for violating terms of his release from the state Department of Corrections. While in jail, the Bellingham Police Department arrested him on charges connected to breaking into his parents' house and stealing their car. He was eligible to serve his sentence at the work center because of his classification as a "low medium" security risk.

After his escape, Huber was booked into the main jail and faces charges of escape.

"He won't be back over at the work center," Parks said.

Reach ZOE FRALEY at zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com or call 756-2803.

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