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Hospital escapee's girlfriend arrested on drug violation

Posted April 7, 2013

— Police in Southern Pines have arrested the girlfriend of a shooting suspect who escaped from UNC Hospitals Saturday morning.

Larry Alexander Leverette, 21, was being treated there after a shooting between him and another man Friday afternoon outside Brookside Park Apartments on Richards Street.

Leverette escaped police custody Saturday morning while under the watch of hospital police.

Investigators said Sunday afternoon that they arrested his girlfriend, whose name was not released, who had been in possession of a red Jeep Grand Cherokee that police recovered from the apartment complex Saturday afternoon.

She was charged with a narcotics violation and later released on a $50,000 bond. Investigators said they believe she helped him escape.

Authorities say Leverette, who was shot three times in the torso and once in his left bicep, is considered armed and dangerous.

He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 300 pounds.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the Southern Pines Police Department at 910-693-1481 or the Crime Tip line at 910-693-4110.

It's unclear how Leverette was able to escape.

Tom Smith, director of UNC Hospitals Police, said in a statement Sunday that, from the time Leverette arrived until he walked out, he was patient and was never under arrest.

"He left the hospital before being officially discharged from treatment and against medical advice," Smith said. "He also left before outside law enforcement agencies or the Hospital Police could make an arrest."

"These types of situations are challenging to law enforcement agencies and healthcare facilities as we balance the need to implement arrest procedures, manage safety and limit the disruption to ongoing patient care," Smith continued.

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  • ttc248 Apr 8, 1:16 p.m.

    The fallacy in the story is that he didn't escape. He was not under 'guard' by law enforment nor security at UNC. Apparently, he just left the hospital as do many patients against medical advice. To escape would mean that he had somehow been held prisoner or captive. Picture this...300 lb. man 'escaping' all the security that is inside UNC hospital. It is important that folk don't always jump to conclusions when only a fraction of the truth has been told. Gullibilty is dangerous. Wait for more accurate details before forming absolute opinions. You'll be glad you did.

  • realcloak Apr 8, 10:06 a.m.

    wbearp:

    How certain can you be of this and why? How do you know that his insurance information was'nt collected from family members upon check in? Did you go through his wallet and see if he had a Blue-Cross Blue-Shield HMO card? Do tell, please, how can you make such a baseless statement with such conviction? I would LOVE to see your response, regardless of the fact this guy is bent on revenge and could possibly die of sepsis in the process.

  • wbearp Apr 8, 8:45 a.m.

    The added injustice to this case is that the taxpayers will eat the bill for all the medical care the guy got, including the helicopter ride from Moore County to UNC. A complete waste of time and resources.