PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. — UPDATE: Pembroke Pines police said John Ireland was located in Oakland Park and safely taken into custody. He will be charged for his escape from the South Florida State Hospital.
UPDATE: Escaped prisoner/patient John Ireland was located in Oakland Park, and safely taken into custody. He will be charged by our agency for his escape from South Florida State Hospital. Thank you to our community & media partners for your assistance.— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 12, 2019
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EARLIER STORY: A man with a “history of violent behavior” escaped from a South Florida mental hospital Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Pembroke Pines police are searching for John Ireland, a court-ordered patient of South Florida State Hospital.
Ireland, 33, is diagnosed with schizophrenia and escaped from the facility at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Ireland has brown hair, brown eyes and is 6 feet 5 inches. He weighs 200 pounds and has multiple facial tattoos.
The media release regarding escaped prisoner/patient 33-year-old John Ireland can be viewed here ➡️ https://t.co/vLcHBoN4DI— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 12, 2019
John Ireland is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and has a history of violence. Anyone who comes into contact with him should call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/o4rGGaSDVT
Police say he was last seen traveling on foot and wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and black pants.
Officials say he escaped the facility at 800 East Cypress Dr. by climbing over an exterior fence.
“Do NOT approach him if you see him,” the Pembroke Pines Police Department said. “Call 911 immediately.”
Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami