Central State Hospital escapee in custody at Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A man is in custody after escaping from Central State Hospital.

The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office said Richard Wilson Garrett ran away from hospital staff on Tuesday afternoon as they tried to move him from one part of the hospital to another.

The sheriff’s office issued a warrant for his arrest after the escape and said he had a history of aggressive behavior.

On Thursday evening, they shared that Garrett had been arrested and is now at the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office.

According to Maj. William Knot of the sheriff’s office, Garrett returned to the hospital campus on Thursday. When he arrived, a hospital staff member notified the sheriff’s office and they came to the hospital to arrest him.

They currently don’t know where Garrett went or what he did while he was away. The sheriff’s office is still working on questioning him.

He now faces a criminal escape charge and will be incarcerated in prison.

Garrett was unhurt during his escape.

Knott said Virginia State Police and state gaming commission police helped search for Garrett.

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