Eastern State Hospital escapee located by authorities

KREM 2's Lindsay Nadrich reports on how a man escaped from Eastern State Hospital overnight. (6-9-17 at 5 p.m.)

MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. – The 39-year-old man that escaped from Eastern State Hospital Thursday night was located early Friday morning. 

Staff reported Dustin P. Leeds escaped from the facility around 7:55 p.m. He was taken into custody around 3:30 a.m. after Spokane Police officers located him at the Intermodal Center. Leeds reportedly suffers from an unspecified psychotic disorder and has a lengthy history of assault. 

The Department of social and Health Services released a statement on the patient escape:

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Eastern State Hospital (ESH) extend thanks to members of the Spokane Police Department and the Spokane County Sheriff for their assistance in locating a patient who escaped from Eastern State Hospital on Thursday evening.  Law enforcement was notified once the patient was discovered missing and they responded immediately.

“We are grateful for the partnership and support provided by local law enforcement and our local community,” said Dorothy Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer for the 317-bed hospital. “We are always working together to find a balance in operating a psychiatric hospital and providing treatment for mental illness for our clients while keeping the community, staff and patients safe.”

A full investigation is underway to determine how the patient was able to escape. Once the investigation is complete, the hospital will determine what changes or improvements are necessary.

 

 

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While searching hospital grounds, deputies located a broken latch on one of the perimeter gates, but do not know if Leeds broke it during his escape. 

Leeds is described as 5’11”, having medium build (180 pounds), brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black sports jersey with red trim. He has a diamond stud stone under one of his eyes, thick dark penciled pointy eyebrows and is possibly wearing mascara.  

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