12/06/2006

Detroit police search for escaped inmate; officer's gun stolen

The Associated Press

DETROIT- A man arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of stealing a car was on the run after he scuffled with police at a hospital, stole an officer's gun and commandeered an ambulance, officials said.

Deandre Deshon-Russell Riley, 23, was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital after his arrest because he complained of feeling ill, police said. He started struggling with two officers and took off with a Glock handgun, authorities said.

He grabbed a hospital clerk but released her before fleeing in an ambulance, which had three people inside. Riley, a Detroit resident, abandoned the ambulance several blocks away near the campus of Wayne State University and fled on foot, authorities said. None of those in the ambulance were injured, police said.

"We're unsure if he's armed or not, but we're considering him dangerous," said police Lt. Linda Vertin.

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