Officials announced that a Texas man who was acquitted of the 2013 insanity death of his father has escaped from a mental institution.
Officials stated that Alexander Ervin, 29-year-old, goes by the name Lex. He is considered to have armed and dangerous.
Surveillance video showed Ervin leaving his dorm at 9 p.m., climbing a fence and then leaving the hospital grounds, a cop stated.
The next morning, around 7:30 a.m., was the first time hospital workers realized he was missing, NBC News reported
Police were then called by hospital staff to inquire about Monday’s missing patient. Austin American Statesman reported.
“Law enforcement departments are continuing an extensive search of the area,”Vernon police stated Monday afternoon.
Ervin was still missing as of press time. Police say Ervin is bald with a mustache and is currently on the run. He weighs about 200 pounds and is between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a grey zip-up hoodie and black pants.
Anyone who sees him should not approach him. Instead, call 911 immediately.
A Travis County jury convicted Ervin, an autistic man, of murder by reason for insanity in the shooting death of Ray Scott Ervin.
Maxwell Ervin, Alexander’s brother, said that Alexander Ervin used a pipe wrench to attack their father and a folding knife to cut his throat. NBC News reported that Alexander Ervin claimed that the family patriarch was a fraud. Maxwell testified that Alexander claimed he was a CIA agent who was on a mission kill his father.
Leslie Ervin was his mother. KXANShe said that she was “terrified”To learn more about his escape.
“My first thought was that I was terrified for Lex, then I was terrified for my family. Then I was terrified for the community,”She spoke. “When Lex is on his medication, he’s a pussycat. He’s a sweetheart. When he’s off his meds, all bets are off. We don’t know what he’s going to do. We don’t know how he’s gonna react. I don’t think he knows what’s going on at that point.”
His mother stated that her son felt like a “great relief”Following his acquittal, her son had to be admitted to the hospital.
“When Lex was committed there, I felt great relief, because I felt like Lex would be safe, and everyone else would be safe. This is a maximum security facility. I never, ever imagined that he would ever be able to escape,”She said