A convicted felon who only had three months left behind bars broke out of the Monroe prison Wednesday night, launching an all-out manhunt.

As of Thursday, Brandon Musto, 37, has not been found. But during their search, authorities arrested a McClearly man who allegedly helped him escape.

Authorities believeMusto broke out of the Monroe Correctional Complex sometime between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday night by climbing a barbed wire fence.

Guards noticed he was missing when they took a head count in his minimum security unit.

Musto was convicted of vehicular assault in Thurston County in 2011. He began his prison sentence in September 2011 and was scheduled to be released in February 2013. His criminal history also includes a prior escape charge.

Prison officials said they may know where Musto is headed, but would not say where to prevent tipping him off.

Musto is described as:

--white male, 5-foot 8-inches tall, 180 pounds
--dark hair, brown eyes
--tattoos on his right arm & left wrist
--last seen wearing brown khakis, brown jacket, white undershirt

He should be considered dangerous. Anyone who sees him is advised to call 911.

The 59-year-old McClearly man accused of helping the felon escape was arrested at 4 a.m. Thursday in the area of McConkey Road.

Grays Harbor CountySheriff's deputies said they impounded a vehicle, but there was no sign of Musto.

The prison unit from which Musto escaped houses about 450 offenders.

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