A patient with a history of being sexually violent, Randy Layton, 37, escaped on Saturday evening from the Arizona State Hospital’s Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center and is at large, according to authorities in Arizona. Layton escaped during what has been called “an off-site treatment activity.”
AZCentral.com reported that officials stated Layton managed to remove the GPS tracking device around his ankle that had been monitoring his whereabouts. According to KTAR.com, Layton’s monitor was found by the Phoenix police in the area where Central and Dunlap avenues cross. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) said Layton “is considered a moderate risk to others.”
According to a description of Layton in the Washington Times, he has brown eyes and hair, tattoos on his arms and hands, and is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 211 pounds. Layton is “a white male” and one of the tattoos he has is a cross on the back of his left hand. Layton might be wearing a long-sleeved black shirt and a pari of black shorts.
Layton reportedly escaped by dodging hospital employees who tried to stop him from getting away. The Phoenix police have begun an investigation into how Layton managed to escape.
The Arizona State Hospital’s staff are working in conjunction with the Phoenix police. They are going to assess the security measures that are currently in place for all of the facility’s “off-site treatment activities.” According to officials, some of the aliases that Layton has gone by in the past are Randy Valdez and Randy Fulkerson.
In a statement the ADHS released to the press, the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center was described as being “a civil commitment program.” The Arizona Legislature mandated the program, which was specifically designed for male prisoners “who have already completed their prison sentence” and have been legally determined by a court of law to be “sexually violent persons.”
Randy Laton, 37, a sexually violent patient at the Arizona State Hospital’s Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center, escaped on Saturday night while at an off-site treatment activity, remains at large. The men who are involved in the Arizona State Hospital program for sexually violent persons are there under court order, and their discharges and re-admissions are also subject to an order by the court. Authorities in Arizona urge anyone with information about Layton’s whereabouts to contact CrimeStoppers or the Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151.
By John Samuels
Photo Courtesy Arizona Department of Health Services