Prisoner who escaped psychiatric hospital captured in Broward County


Pembroke Pines Police Department

PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (WFLA) – An inmate who escaped a psychiatric hospital in Pembroke Pines has been captured, according to police.

John Ireland, 33, who has schizophrenia, escaped the facility around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and was last seen traveling on foot.

At about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, police said Ireland was safely taken into custody in Oakland Park after a citizen recognized his photo and contacted police.

“Our agency will charge him with the escape from South Florida State Hospital, and will transport him to BSO Main Jail for detention,” Pembroke Pines police said on Facebook.

Further information was not immediately available.


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