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[UPDATE] Authorities Search for Mental Patient Accused of Violence

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Chattahoochee Police say the man who escaped the Florida State Hospital campus is back in custody.

Chief Vann Pullen says around 11 o'clock last night 11/23, the 52-year-old Tallahassee man was spotted in Jackson County.

Deputies and hospital security brought him back to the facility and say they didn't have any problems.

He wasn't injured during his short stint of freedom.

Law enforcement will not release his identity but he was a resident of
the hospital's forensic program.

Patients in that unit have faced criminal charges but a court commits them either for insanity or incompetence to proceed.

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A 52 year old patient has been missing from the Florida State Hospital since around 10 a.m. Monday.

Residents say it isn't uncommon for patients to make their way into the community, but this one is different.

"Because of the past history this individual had," said Chattahoochee Police Chief, Vann Pullen. "They were criminal charges and some of them did involve some violence issues, therefore in this case, there would be a need to be concerned. The other residents are there for a particular reason but they don't have crime associated with it."

Hospital administration says the man was in the Forensic Program.

On the hospital's website it says: Every person admitted to the Forensic Program is committed by the courts and may come from any county in the State. All forensic residents have been charged with crimes and may be Incompetent to Proceed, or Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.

Authorities will not release a name or photo of the Tallahassee man because they say that information is protected.

Chattahoochee Police say he's a black man who's six feet tall, 187 pounds and was last seen wearing blue jeans and a purple shirt or sweater.

Police Chief Pullen says the man was not wearing restraints and was last seen in a wooded area north of the campus.

Pullen says since they don't know where he may have gone, residents everywhere should be on alert.

"They need to be observant. They're our eyes and ears. If they see an individual who's strange to them in their community, you need to call your local law enforcement, call 911."

Chattahoochee P.D. says it's notified surrounding counties and states, and have been using k-9 units trying to track him down.

Chief Pullen said, if the hospital doesn't ask for the man to be taken in under an arrest warrant, law enforcement can't reveal the man's identity.

If an arrest warrant is issued, authorities can release his name and photo.

We'll bring you more information as it becomes available.


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