UPDATE: Police safely captured an escaped inmate in Broward County. Police said 33-year-old John Ireland escaped from the South Florida State Hospital n Broward on Wednesday. On Thursday, police said officers captured him in Oakland Park and took him safely into custody. He will face new charges for the escape.
Investigators say Ireland is a court-ordered patient of the hospital. Police say he has a history of violent behavior.
A search is underway to find an escaped Broward County prisoner described as dangerous. Pembroke Pines police say John Ireland escaped yesterday from a state hospital in Broward.
Police said he hopped a fence around 4 p.m. Authorities used dogs and a helicopter to search for him without any luck.
Please BOLO for Escaped Prisoner John Ireland DOB 5/13/19, 6’5” 200lbs, last seen wearing black shirt and black pants. He escaped from 800 E Cypress Drive in Pembroke Pines at approximately 6:30pm today. DO NOT approach him if you see him. Call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/MlJnk4WnuF
— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 12, 2019
The 33-year-old has schizophrenia and a history of violent behavior. He’s described as six-foot-five, 200 pounds, white Hispanic, with brown hair, brown eyes, facial hair and multiple face tattoos.
Police have stepped up patrols in the area as a precaution.