Brandon Musto was captured on a trail near North Bend by a King County Sheriff's police dog unit. Officials say they were tipped off to his location when Musto asked to borrow a hiker's cell phone to call his mom.
Musto had been on the run since he broke out of the Monroe prison's minimum security ward on Wednesday. Investigators were puzzled by the timing of the escape, as Musto only had three months left to serve on his sentence.
Musto began serving time in September 2011 for a for vehicular assault conviction in Thurston County and was scheduled for release in February 2013.
There was nothing notable in Musto's prison record and his behavior had to be good to qualify for minimum security, Department of Corrections Spokesman Chad Lewis said Thursday.
Monroe police will transfer Musto to the Snohomish County Jail where he will likely face a felony charge for escape, which could result in a new prison sentence.