Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

September 9, 2013

RSH patient escapes twice in one week

RUSK — A 27-year-old Rusk State Hospital psychiatric patient escaped and was re-apprehended twice last week – although he was in extremely different frames of mind both times.

No one was injured during either incident.

“The first time he escaped was Tuesday and he (the patient) wasn't combative at all,” explained Rusk Police Chief Jamie Campbell. “The second time, on Wednesday, he was found walking down a city street with a handsaw in one hand and a fire extinguisher in the other.”

The escaped patient's personal information – such as his name and medical condition – could not be released Friday, as it is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Despite the aggressiveness the patient demonstrated during the second incident described by Chief Campbell, it was not specifically directed at the Rusk officer who retrieved him, reports show. The patient was escorted back to the hospital safe and sound, Campbell said.

Rambunctious Rusk hospital patients may occasionally give grief to their caretakers, but they also tend to be more manageable around law enforcement officers, said Cherokee County Sheriff's Capt. John Raffield said.

“They just put them in the car and drive them back to the hospital,” the captain said.

 Chief Campbell said the patient's first escape took place Tuesday night around 10:40 p.m. He managed to exit the hospital grounds and made his way to a Rusk City street – at which point both he and the street were sprayed by a skunk.

“That's how we got him the first time,” the chief said. “He wasn't really happy about the skunk, but neither was the officer who had to transport him back in his car.”

The only resistance the patient offered that particular incident was to briefly dart away from the officer when he first approached.

“Really, this was kind of a 'no big deal' incident,” the chief said.

“We have had these quite a bit. Once the officer ran up on him in that first incident, he got under control.”

The second indecent took place about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. This time, the patient walked away from the hospital during daylight hours.

When the escape was announced, authorities did not immediately realize it was the same patient who had escaped the day before.

“That's when it was reported he had the handsaw and was walking down the a street by the rusted hospital gate,” Chief Campbell said.

“Our officer caught up with him but by the time he did, the patient had already put down the saw and fire extinguisher and was being taken back to admissions.”

Officials from Rusk State Hospital could not be reached for comment on Friday.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Father Mark 3.tif Godspeed, Father

    The news that Father Mark Kusmirek would leave Jacksonville to accept a new assignment Aug. 1 in Longview spread quickly around town this month.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto City Council examines gas line issue

    City leaders have started looking into the process of moving a gas line that runs from Alto through Wells along U.S. Hwy. 69 to meet requirements of TxDOT, which is widening the road through the city.

    July 26, 2014

  • Proposed JISD budget to get hearing date

    Jacksonville school board members will meet Monday evening for a combination budget workshop, regular board meeting and a summer board retreat, according to an JISD meeting agenda.

    July 26, 2014

  • County leaders to consider backhoe purchase

    Cherokee County Commissioners' Court will meet in regular session 10 a.m. Monday in the County Courtroom in the County Courthouse to consider approval of a backhoe purchase through a cooperative purchasing exchange for Precinct 2.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sheriff's officials bust Mixon steroid lab

    About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24., investigators and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence on FM 3052 in the Mixon Community near Bullard.

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Old Jville Bearden Store.tif Longtime furniture store changes hands

    For the better part of a century, Bearden Furniture Co., Inc., has been the go-to place for local residents wanting to beautify their home.
    Furniture and accessories, carpeting, window treatments – even electronics at one point – were offered at the Commerce Street store, but on July 1, the family who started Bearden's sold the company to Louisiana-based Ivan Smith Furniture company.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Athens woman confesses to killing daughter

    A 25-year-old mother is in the Henderson County Jail after telling authorities that she had killed her four-year-old daughter, Monday
    morning.

    July 24, 2014

  • Bullard: District names Jan Hill as deputy superintendent

    Bullard Independent School District is proud to announce Jan Hill as Deputy Superinten-dent. Hill will assume the new role effective immediately.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Christmas in July’ drive benefits area foster children

    Sure, December is still more than five months away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the chance to start spreading some holiday cheer a little early this year during the annual Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the county's Rainbow Room.

    July 24, 2014