What began as just an odd sight in Boyle Heights -- a man walking down the sidewalk in a hospital gown -- ended with the man's arrest on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender 36 years ago.
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollenbeck Division were driving near Marengo and State streets Saturday afternoon when they spotted Charles Franklin McDuffy, 64, in a hospital gown. According to Officer Mike Lopez, McDuffy had left County-USC Medical Center after having spent three days there.
"He had been waiting for some kind of treatment and got fed up and walked out," Lopez said Sunday. The officers escorted McDuffy back to the hospital and did a routine background check. McDuffy's profile had been flagged, he said.
"There was a hit on the system," Lopez said. "It didn't give any details about what it was, so my partner went back to the station and did more research."