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Police searching for escaped Torrance patient

on July 10, 2013 10:40 AM

DERRY (AP) — State police are searching for an assault suspect who climbed a fence to escape from a western Pennsylvania mental hospital.

Troopers from the Greensburg barracks say Steven Michael Barron, 21, ran into the woods next to Torrance State Hospital in Derry Township after escaping shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say Barron had been court-committed to the facility and is known to be volatile and proficient with knives.

Police didn’t say why Barron was committed to the facility, but say he also faces an arrest warrant for unrelated charges of simple assault and harassment filed in Erie County.

Barron is from Crabtree, a small village about 15 miles west of the mental hospital. Police have been unable to find him despite using bloodhounds and other K-9 officers.

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