published : 2023-10-16

7 High-Profile Hospital Prisoner Escapes You Won't Believe

Some police departments have offered thousands of dollars in reward for the capture of hospital fugitives

A photo of a police officer securing a hospital entrance, ensuring the safety of patients and preventing any further escapes. (Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV)

At least seven people in police custody have escaped from hospitals since August, and some — including a suspected murderer and an accused carjacker — are still on the loose.

The Department of Justice was contacted to determine if these figures were unusually high.

In 2019, Bureau of Justice Statistics indicated over 2,000 prisoners escaped from federal and state prisons, though it's unclear how many of these escapes were from hospitals.

One recent escapee, Carlton Bradford Gillis, was captured in Georgia after five days on the run.

Gillis had pending charges against him in multiple Georgia counties at the time of his escape.

He was later charged with additional offenses, including kidnapping and forcible robbery.

A mugshot of Carlton Bradford Gillis, the escaped prisoner, showing his face with a defiant expression. (Taken with a Nikon D850)

The mother and stepfather of Gillis were also charged with assisting his escape.

Another escapee, Isaac Rivera, escaped from a Massachusetts hospital while undergoing a medical procedure and was recaptured the next day.

Tommy Wayne Boyd, a convicted child sex offender, managed to walk out of a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

Yenchun Chen, who was on the run for more than a month, escaped from a New York hospital using a rope made from linens.

Chen was later arrested while sleeping on a friend's sofa in Queens.

Naseem Roulack, serving a 13-year sentence for aggravated malicious wounding, grand larceny, and hit-and-run, escaped from a Virginia hospital and remains at large.

A surveillance camera still of Isaac Rivera, the escaped prisoner, hurriedly leaving the hospital premises. (Taken with a Sony A7 III)

He is suspected of committing other crimes since his escape, including a carjacking and kidnapping in Maryland.

A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to Roulack's arrest.

Two separate homicide suspects also escaped from hospitals but were re-captured.

One escapee, Christopher Haynes, is still on the run, with a $30,000 reward offered for his arrest.

Christopher Lee Pray, another homicide suspect, escaped from an Oregon hospital but was caught after getting stuck in mud.

The escape of these prisoners raises concerns about security protocols in hospitals.