Mental Patient Escapes Hospital by Climbing Drain Pipe To Roof

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St. Louis police are on the hunt for a Richmond Heights man who escaped from the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Sunday afternoon.

Gregg Atkisson, 27, of the 1000 block of Commodore Drive, is a patient at the psychiatric hospital on Arsenal Street, though police haven't released why he was committed there.

On Sunday around 4:15 p.m., a hospital employee saw Atkisson climb a twenty-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard, according to police.

Once Atkisson was on the roof and began running, the employee lost sight of him because of the height of the building. A search of the facility, which sits south of Arsenal Street between Brannon and Sublette avenues, was unsuccessful.

Atkisson remains on the loose.

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Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Escape from Commitment

Location: 5300 Arsenal (Malcolm Bliss State Hospital)

Date/Time: 8/31/14 @ 16:15 - 17:40

Suspect: Gregg Atkisson, 27-year old male with a last known address of the 1000 block of Commodore, Richmond Heights, MO

An employee stated that at approximately 16:15, he observed the suspect, who was committed to the Malcolm Bliss State Hospital, scale a 20-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard. Once on the roof, the employee reported seeing the suspect begin running. Due to the height of the building, the employee could not see how the suspect exited the roof. A search of the facility for the suspect was unsuccessful. The suspect was entered as wanted and remains at large. The investigation is ongoing.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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