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Dangerous mental hospital escapee captured in Utah

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 11:12:30-04

WAYNE COUNTY, Utah — A dangerous sex offender who escaped from a state mental hospital in Kansas has been captured in Utah after being on the run since June, according to a law enforcement official.

John Freeman Colt escaped from Larned State Hospital in June by obtaining a replica of a staff ID badge and uniform. He then shaved his long hair and beard, hid blankets under the covers to make it appear he was sleeping, and then convinced a new employee he was a doctor to make his way out.

According to officials, Colt was able to make it through five secured doors and outside hospital gates while posing as a doctor.

After his escape, the 42-year-old got rides to a town where he purchased a motorcycle with help from an accomplice. The U.S. Marshals Service says Colt was traveling in national or state parks in Utah, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, South Dakota or Texas.

On Monday night, Colt was arrested on S.R. 24 in Wayne County, according to the sheriff. FOX 13 News has reached out to learn more details about his capture.

Colt had previously been sentenced to five years in prison in 2001 for aggravated sexual battery, attempted rape, aggravated burglary, and four counts of aggravated battery against law enforcement.

Following his prison sentence, Colt was deemed too dangerous to be released and committed indefinitely to the mental hospital's Sexual Predator Treatment Program.

“John Colt presents a clear threat to the community every day he is not in custody,” U.S. Marshal for the District of Kansas Ronald Miller had previously declared before Colt's capture in Wayne County. “He has been deemed a sexual predator, and the U.S. Marshals consider his escape a major case and are devoting all available resources to his capture.”

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