Felony warrant issued for escaped Arizona State Hospital patient

Posted at 4:14 PM, May 03, 2017

A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of an Arizona State Hospital patient who has been on the loose since escaping custody Saturday.

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Randy Layton ran from a "regularly scheduled off-site treatment related activity" with the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center on Saturday night.

Police were first alerted to the incident around 6:30 p.m. in the area of 34th Street and Thomas Road. According to Phoenix police, Layton escaped while at the Red Wok Buffet. 

Layton, 37, also reportedly dodged hospital staff and removed a GPS tracker device that was later found near Central and Dunlap avenues. 

Officials say he is considered a moderate risk for potential harm to others.   

A felony warrant for Layton's arrest for escape and tampering with a monitoring device was issued Wednesday. Police said a full nationwide extradition has been authorized.  

Anyone with information about Layton's location is warned against approaching him, but instead to call police immediately. 

Layton has brown hair, brown eyes, weighs 211 pounds, and is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He has a cross, three dots, "KM" and "Tina" tattooed on his left hand; "ICE", a cross and "Tina" on his left arm; "love" on his right hand and "420" on his left forearm. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt and black shorts.