Inmate Escape Prompts Internal Investigation of Transfer

Published: January 12, 2011

DETROIT, Mich. — Escaped forensic patient Willie B. Wright was captured on Jan. 5 at Harper Hospital — the same facility he had escaped from a day earlier. Wright  was spotted when asked a hospital employee how to get to the emergency room; she directed him there and he was arrested upon his arrival.

Wright had originally been taken to the hospital for a wrist injury, where he fought two deputies and fled. He was not handcuffed and was able to work his way out of one of his leg irons before escaping, Freep.com reports.

It is unclear as to why Wright’s uninjured hand was left unrestrained, said a spokesperson for Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. The deputies escorting Wright have been reassigned pending the outcome of an internal investigation as to whether proper procedures were followed.

At the time of his escape, Wright was serving a 35 to 60 year sentence for rape, assault with intent to commit murder, kidnapping and felony firearms charges.

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