Police find Logansport State Hospital escapee in ditch

(Provided Photo/Pharos-Tribune)

BURROWS, Ind. (WISH) – An inmate who reportedly escaped from the Logansport State Hospital Thursday night was apprehended in Carroll County, southwest of Fort Wayne, late Friday morning, according to our sister station WISH’s partners, the Pharos-Tribune.

Jim Gavin, director of communications and media at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in Indianapolis, which oversees the Logansport State Hospital, said Christopher J. Robbins, 23, of Medaryville, had last been seen at about 6 p.m. in the facility’s recreational yard.

“A patient who arrived [Thursday] at the Logansport State Hospital from the Jasper County Jail eloped from the facility [Thursday] evening,” Gavin said. “Staff immediately notified law enforcement and cooperated in the efforts to locate and retrieve this individual. The individual was located [Friday] morning and was taken to the Cass County Jail.”

According to court documents, a transport order was issued July 9 to send Robbins to the Logansport State Hospital. He was charged in Jasper Circuit Court in February with a felony count of attempted residential entry and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and battery.

Police said Robbins was apprehended in a ditch off of 100 East south of Burrows shortly after 11 a.m. Friday after receiving a call from someone who saw a person fitting Robbins’ description.

Police search for escapee (Provided Photo/Misty Knisely, Pharos-Tribune)
Police search for escapee (Provided Photo/Misty Knisely, Pharos-Tribune)

Shortly before Robbins was apprehended, officers received information from someone driving in the area who saw Robbins in a ditch on the west side of 100 East near Burrows. Leazenby said when officers responded to the area, Robbins surrendered and was transported back to Cass County.

Robbins was listed in the Cass County Jail as of Saturday afternoon. His bond was set at $2,000 cash. Officials said Robbins was charged with escape and the warrant for his arrest was issued at about 1 a.m. Friday.

Gavin told the Pharos-Tribune in an email “additional security measures were immediately put in place at the hospital to prevent another incident like this in the future and to ensure the safety and security of the patients and the community.” The measures include improvements to fencing and “repositioning staff to ensure better line of sight to the patients when they are in the recreational yard,” he wrote.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police out of Lafayette, Cass County Sheriff’s Department, Delphi Police Department, Flora Police Department and Monticello Police Department aided in the search.

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