WALLA WALLA -- A 29-year-old inmate of the Walla Walla County jail escaped custody Friday while allegedly stealing his mother's car.
Officials said Jon Paul Saunders was granted a furlough by Walla Walla County Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann on June 19 so Saunders' mother could take him to an appointment at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco.
Saunders' mother, Debra J. Hill, reportedly stopped at a gas station and went inside the store. When she returned, according the sheriff's office report, Saunders had fled in her 2013 Chrysler convertible.
Saunders was scheduled to go to trial July 7 on charges of second-degree burglary and indecent exposure for allegedly breaking into a hotel room at Red Lion Inn & Suites in Walla Walla, then exposing himself in a public area of the hotel.
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Saunders is also scheduled to go to trial Aug. 4 to face forgery charges.
He is described as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, about 150 pounds with a variety of swastika tattoos on his neck and face.