Man Escapes Hospital Mental Evaluation, Attempts Carjacking, Steals Bike
A man led police on a wild chase this morning after he escaped from Jackson Memorial Hospital's crisis center. The unidentified suspect was being held under the Baker Act to undergo a mental evaluation but somehow slipped out and then tried to steal a car before successfully taking a bike.
The man was first apprehended after police received a trespassing call at 301 NE Biscayne Blvd. at 3 a.m. He tried to elude police by jumping into the bay, but the Coast Guard was called in to apprehend him.
He ended up at Jackson for a mental evaluation, but around 7 a.m., he escaped. Police still aren't sure how he got out. Once on the street, he tried to carjack a woman on NW Seventh Avenue. The woman was able to drive away, so the man stole a bicycle.
When police caught up to the man, he tried to fight them. Tasers were deployed, and it took several officers to apprehend him.
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He ended up right back where he started: at Jackson to undergo a mental evaluation.
He'll also likely face charges of attempted carjacking and strong-arm robbery.
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