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Patient with violent history escapes Eastern State Hospital

SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATED: Leeds has been found. 

“We are grateful for the partnership and support provided by local law enforcement and our local community,” said Dorothy Sawyer, Chief Executive Officer for the 317-bed hospital. “We are always working together to find a balance in operating a psychiatric hospital and providing treatment for mental illness for our clients while keeping the community, staff and patients safe.”

A full investigation is underway to determine how the patient was able to escape. Once the investigation is complete, the hospital will determine what changes or improvements are necessary.

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A man with an unknown mental state and violent history, escaped Eastern State Hospital Thursday night.

Hospital staff says he was last seen just before 8 p.m. but noticed him missing sometime around 10 p.m. when they called deputies.  

While searching the hospital grounds, deputes found a broken latch on one of the perimeter gates, but do not know if Leeds broke it during his escape. 

Leeds is described as a white male, 5’11”, medium build (approximately 180 lbs), brown hair, and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing black sweatpants and a black sports jersey with red trim

Leeds has a diamond stud stone under one of his eyes, thick dark penciled pointy eyebrows, and is possibly wearing mascara. 

Deputies said Leeds is believed to be alone and on foot but that cannot be verified.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or knows of his location is asked o call 911 immediately, reference #10072770.

If seen, do not approach Leeds.  With his assaultive history and unknown mental state, deputies do not know if he will be violent or how he will respond when contacted.