Lockdown at schools after patient escape

October 9, 2012 • Local News

Five Roswell schools were shut down around 10 a.m. Monday after a patient escaped [auth] from Sunrise Mental Health Center, 405 W. Country Club Rd. According to police reports, the patient jumped from the roof of the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. Police confirmed that he was armed with a shower curtain rod and piece of Plexiglas.

Military Heights Elementary, Goddard High, Del Norte Elementary, All Saints Catholic School and Little Lambs Learning Center were all placed on lockdown.

Roswell Police Department Public Information Liaison Sabrina Morales said the lockdown was short-lived. The patient was located in his home about 15 minutes after his escape.

Staff at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center were unwilling to comment.

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