Arizona State Hospital patient Randy Layton escapes, removes GPS tracker

Posted at 10:37 AM, Apr 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-01 20:15:01-04

Phoenix Police Department has confirmed that a possibly dangerous patient escaped from Arizona State Hospital treatment on Saturday. 

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the patient, identified as 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.   

Sgt. Vince Lewis with Phoenix Police says the department is "aware" of the incident and is working with the hospital. 

Officials say Layton may also go by ICE, Randy Fulkerson or Randy Valdez. He 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.

If you know where Layton may be, contact police immediately. 

According to AZDHS, the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center is a program mandated by the state for men who are "sexually violent persons who have already completed their prison sentence." Treatment, care and supervision are reportedly court ordered. 

The main Arizona State Hospital facility is located near 24th and Van Buren streets.

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