Naked 19-year-old ETX patient rescued from hospital sewers after escaping police custody
POSTED: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 6:28pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 4:42pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — The Tyler Police Department tells KETK a naked 19-year-old man who was hiding in a sewer pipe near Trinity Mother Frances and East Texas Medical Center in Tyler has been safely retrieved.
After nearly three hours, Roemello Lewis was rescued by emergency crews from an 18-inch-wide sewer pipe and taken into custody.
The initial incident happened around 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, when Tyler Police tell KETK that they received a call saying a mentally ill patient, on a peace officer warrant, was in the sewers of East Texas Medical Center. Officials say he was being taken to a Behavioral Health Clinic when he managed to escape, rip off his clothes and slide into the sewer line near Houston Street and Douglas.
Don Martin with the Tyler PD said the water department, fire department and sewer technicians were all on scene assisting in the removal of the patient.
Details are limited, but we will continue to update you as more information becomes available.