Court Doc: Man breaks into Vancouver escape room, calls 911 on himself

Damage to a wall at NW Escape Experience. (Photo: NW Escape Experience)

A 40-year-old man told deputies he called 911 after he broke into an escape-room business at a Vancouver strip mall Sunday night.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to NW Escape Experience, inside the strip mall, located at 1503 N.E. 78th Street, suite No. 7, at about 4 a.m.

Someone from inside it had called 911 to report that he ran to the escape-room business because his home was being burglarized. The caller gave police what he said was his home address, but deputies said they found it wasn’t a real one.

A deputy arrested Rye D. Wardlaw after he was spotted walking away from the back of the strip mall. According to the court document, Wardlaw dropped a cellphone on the ground he claimed was his and denied being anywhere near the building.

The deputy said Wardlaw was informed of his Miranda rights but waived them. The deputy said he asked Wardlaw to tell him the truth as to why he was at the strip mall.

The court document said Wardlaw told the deputy he went into two businesses and a mall electrical room because he’s homeless and had nowhere else to go.

According to the court document, Wardlaw told the deputy he used a key he found from a lockbox to get into the mall’s electrical room. He punched a hole into the bathroom of NW Escape Experience and then climbed onto a structure in the electrical room to try and get inside other rooms at the mall.

He left the electrical room, however, and found the door to Sports Med & Rehab open. He went inside to use the bathroom and ate a burrito he had with him.

Eventually, he tried the front door of NW Escape and told the deputy he found it was unlocked as well. He went inside the business and found a cellphone on the front desk and took its SD card.

He told the deputy he accidentally broke the handle on the business’s back door and called 911 to report himself; however, he got scared and left.

Wardlaw was booked into the Clark County Jail, where he faces three counts of second-degree burglary.

He was being held on $40,000 bail.

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