Naked, Cuffed Suspect Flees From Hospital
Jun. 14, 2006
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) _ A burglary suspect was charged with a string of crimes after bolting from a hospital, naked, handcuffed and with blood spurting from a stab wound in his chest.
A deputy had removed Rashon Delee's leg shackles so he could use the toilet at Crouse Hospital when he decided to make his run Sunday afternoon, said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.
Delee ripped out an intravenous drip, monitors and a chest tube, threw his hospital gown in a deputy's face and ran from the hospital.
He sprinted down five flights of stairs to escape and managed to slip out of one handcuff while running, possibly because the lubrication from sweat and blood helped him slip it off, Walsh said.
Delee eluded authorities for three hours, two of which he spent in a trash bin behind a restaurant on the Syracuse University campus, before he was caught.
Walsh said department investigators are reviewing whether the deputy, a two-year veteran, acted appropriately.
Delee, 21, was taken to the hospital after being stabbed by his former girlfriend when he broke into her apartment.
He faces felony counts of burglary, criminal contempt and escape, as well as misdemeanor counts of harassment, criminal contempt, criminal trespass, petit larceny and resisting arrest.
Information from: The Syracuse Post-Standard, www.syracuse.com