“We now have a zero percent escape rate with criminals.”
Over the weekend in Vancouver, Washington, a burglar identified as 40-year-old Rye Wardlaw broke into an escape room business then called 911 four times after he couldn’t… escape.
According to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the intruder entered NW Escape Experience, took a cellphone, a TV remote, and a beer from the fridge. Then he forgot which way he came in.
It’s unclear what exactly transpired next, but it’s assumed that as Wardlaw looked around for an exit, he wandered into the Kill Room, one of the establishment’s three themed escape rooms. It’s described to look like the basement hideout of a serial killer, complete with an autopsy table and a fake corpse.
“If you don’t know what you’re getting into, stepping into that room is actually pretty scary,” owner Rob Bertrand told The Washington Post.
In a state of panic, Wardlaw went back to the lobby and used the company’s phone to call the cops on himself.
Although he did manage to find the exit eventually, the authorities caught him near the premises not too long after. He now faces burglary charges.
“We now have a zero percent escape rate with criminals,” owner Tamara Bertrand joked.
NW Escape Experience was back in business on Tuesday. It’s unknown if the owners will use this funny incident in any future ad campaigns (they totally should).