- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say police soon captured a man who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital in Lincoln.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2masLKd ) that dispatchers identified the man as 22-year-old Christopher Torres Jr., who hopped a fence and fled around 12:45 p.m. Thursday. He was caught within a few blocks about 15 minutes later and returned to the Lincoln Regional Center.

Court records say Torres was sent to the hospital after a judge found him incompetent to stand trial in November. Prosecutors say Torres had used a knife to threaten a man after taking the man’s bicycle.

Another competency hearing is scheduled for May 30.

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This story has been corrected to show that dispatchers identified the man, not the Nebraska Health and Human Services Department.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com



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