Saturday, December 3, 2022

Escaped Psychiatric Patient Armed with Pocket Knife Possibly Hitchhiking South Through Mendocino County

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Yesterday about 1:30 p.m., a patient on a 5150 mental health hold escaped from an ambulance near the Mendocino/Humboldt County line. The man “brandished a pocket knife at the ambulance personnel and fled into a wooded area,” the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department said yesterday.

Samantha Karges, a spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, told us this morning, “He has not been located.”

She warned drivers to be on alert for the 19-year-old man. “We received information from the California Highway Patrol that the individual intended to hitchhike south out of the area, so travelers should stay alert and report any suspicious hitchhiking activity,” she told us.

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 a dark blue hoodie, blue jeans, and a camo hat.”

Yesterday, Karges 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.

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