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April 24, 1999
There were tense moments Friday in Long Beach after a patient, who warned he might do something similar to the Littleton, Colo., school shootings, escaped from a mental hospital. Police alerted schools shortly after Bill Griffith, 47, of Long Beach fled a local mental facility, said Police Officer David Mirander. At least one school, Our Lady of Refuge, locked teachers and students in classrooms for an hour as a safety precaution and canceled a talent show.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1999
There were tense moments Friday in Long Beach after a patient, who warned he might do something similar to the Littleton, Colo., school shootings, escaped from a mental hospital. Police alerted schools shortly after Bill Griffith, 47, of Long Beach fled a local mental facility, said Police Officer David Mirander. At least one school, Our Lady of Refuge, locked teachers and students in classrooms for an hour as a safety precaution and canceled a talent show.
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April 19, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two juvenile offenders are being sought by police for commandeering a Probation Department vehicle April 6 and escaping, officials said Thursday. Chief Probation Officer Richard Shumsky said the 16-year-olds assaulted the driver of their van while being taken to Camp William Mendenhall in Lake Hughes near Lancaster, where low-level offenders are housed. Shumsky said the youths were in handcuffs and leg restraints when they attacked and choked the driver, who was forced out of the vehicle.
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August 30, 1991 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A parolee awaiting trial on robbery and drug charges escaped from the Hall of Justice jail in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, rappelling 14 stories down a rope made of about 60 bedsheets, authorities said. Scarcely eight hours after the early morning escape--and before it had been announced by sheriff's officials--a man claiming to be the parolee telephoned The Times to brag about the feat and express outrage that it had been so "easy."
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