Patient escapes from Eastern State Hospital Tuesday morning


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities say a patient escaped from Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg on Tuesday morning.

According to a spokesperson from the Dept. of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) in Richmond, the patient escaped from the facility around 4 a.m.

The hospital immediately notified Virginia State Police and nearby police departments. As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, law enforcement officials said the patient had not been found.

Further information regarding the patient has not been released due to state and federal privacy laws preventing DBHDS hospitals from providing details regarding mental health patients.

However, Sgt. Michelle Anaya from Virginia State Police did confirm to 10 On Your Side that the patient is a 30-year-old man with criminal charges in Norfolk.

On Thursday, Anaya said state police gave K-9 support to track the man, but was unsuccessful. State police do not have any further investigation into the escape.

The DBHDS spokesperson says they are hoping for a safe outcome in the incident.

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