Tewksbury police capture escaped hospital patient

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TEWKSBURY — Chief Ryan Columbus reported that the Tewksbury Police Department successfully apprehended a man who absconded from the Tewksbury State Hospital.

The incident occurred on Thursday, June 27, when police were alerted at approximately 3:30 p.m. that a male patient had left the facility, located at 365 East St.

The individual, who was under a court order to stay at the hospital, had previously fled while being transferred from Lowell General Hospital.

His criminal history includes assault and battery on law enforcement officers.

In response, Tewksbury Police disseminated a photograph of the man to all units and deployed K-9 Units as well as all-terrain vehicles to aid in the search.

Additionally, the department utilized the CodeRED system to inform residents about the ongoing pursuit.

At around 4:30 p.m., a Mitchell G. Drive resident notified police after a man matching the suspect’s appearance requested a ride to Lowell.

Officers were able to locate the escapee shortly thereafter at a business on 1880 Main St.

The man attempted to flee upon police contact, but was subsequently detained in the parking lot of the business.

There were no injuries reported during the incident.

The apprehended individual has been returned to the Tewksbury State Hospital’s custody.

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