Inmate Escapes Police Custody in Toronto Hospital
The escape prompted the Toronto Police Department to conduct a professional standards review.
Toronto police are searching for an inmate who escaped from Mount Sinai Hospital March 15.
Andrew Smith, 36, was last seen escaping through the hospital’s front doors around 7 a.m., reports cbc.ca.
Smith had been arrested March 7 and charged with threatening death and weapons dangerous after police say he threatened a University of Toronto security officer with a knife.
Police say Smith was taken to Toronto’s Mount Sinai after complaining of medical issues. He fled after receiving treatment, although police are not yet revealing the details of his escape.
“There is a professional standards review underway and it will look at the officers’ actions and the overall processing providing these types of escorts,” Constable Jeniffer Sidhu said.
Police have described Smith as 5-11, 130 pounds with a receding brown hairline and glasses.
Sidhu said Smith is considered dangerous and police are asking for the public to contact them if they have any details of his whereabouts.
Smith’s escape comes after another prisoner escaped police custody at Toronto General Hospital in January. That man was recaptured after an anonymous tip was submitted to police.
Add Another Layer of Protection to your Campus
If you’re responsible for protecting a campus — whether at a hospital, K-12 school, college or university — then Campus Safety magazine is a must-read, and it’s free! As the only publication devoted to those public safety, security and emergency management personnel, issues cover all aspects of safety measures, including access control, video surveillance, mass notification, and security staff practices.
Take advantage of a free subscription to Campus Safety today, and add its practical insights, product updates and know-how to your toolkit. Subscribe today!
Campus Safety Heroes
Campus Safety honors those who keep their hospital, school or university campus safer.See our latest Heroes, nominees and content.
Recommended For You
Do you have a Threat Assessment Checklist? If not, you’ll want to download this FREE Active Shooter Checklist now!
Improving emergency preparedness on your campus is an evolving process involving both personnel and equipment. Learn from other school and college officials preparedness and who reveal what they look for in an emergency alert system.