State Hospital escapee found in Carroll Co.

CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – The Logansport State Hospital escapee has been found after the search continued Friday morning in Carroll County.

Christopher Robbins (Photo Provided/Carroll County Sheriff's Office)
Another photo of Christopher Robbins (Photo Provided/Carroll County Sheriff’s Office)

Cass County Sheriff’s Office told News 18 Thursday, Robbins escaped from Isacc Ray high security unit for the mentally insane in Logansport.

It was around 8:30 a.m. Friday when Carroll County deputies received a call from a resident who said they spotted Robbins near their home.

“Our officer got in the area around 8:30, saw the person matching the description on County Road 750 North. And when he saw the officer, he fled north into the corn field,” said Carroll County Sheriff Tony Burns.

That sparked a several hour-long manhunt, involving multiple area agencies.

While K-9 officers searched relentlessly on the ground, a helicopter scanned the field from the sky.

“Our best tools to use in searches like this are air support and K-9,” said Burns. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, but you have to put forth the effort”

After several hours of searching, deputies watched Robbins run out from the corn field, before he struggled to make it up an embankment. It was there in the middle of 100 East where deputies asked Robbins to get down on the ground.

“The officer asked him to get down on the ground and he refused, so the officer tackled him and got him into custody,” said Burns.

Robbins was taken into custody and booked into the Cass County Jail, where he faces a preliminary felony charge of escape from lawful detentions.

Burns said the events that took place Friday couldn’t have gone more smoothly and he said it’s all thanks to the help from the community.

“It’s all about us all working together,” said Burns. “We have to work with our communities and law enforcement can’t have a successful conclusion without the support of our communities and from our neighbors. So, we just encourage people, if you see something, call us, let us check it out.”

Back in February, Robbins had been charged in Jasper County with attempted residential entry, disorderly conduct, and battery. He was deemed incompetent to stand trial.

News 18 reached out to the Logansport State Hospital for comment Friday, but our calls were not returned.

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