About 1:30 this afternoon a patient on a 5150 hold (being detained with mental health issues) escaped near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line. According to Samantha Karges, a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, an ambulance company reported that a patient had fled from their care in the area of the Cooks Valley Patriot Station.
She told us in a statement by email, “The patient reportedly brandished a pocket knife at the ambulance personnel and fled into a wooded area. Law enforcement conducted a search of the area but were unable to locate the patient.”
According to Karges, the patient is “a 19-year-old white male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, 212 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing dark blue hoodie, blue jeans and a camo hat.”
She told us that the photo law enforcement has is from DMV which they are restricted from releasing in these circumstances. In addition, she said, “[B]ecause of HIPAA, we can’t release his name right now.”
If anyone has any information, please call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 445-7251.