By Jean Lotus
Oak Park police arrested a 45-year-old Maywood man who escaped from their custody after being taken to the emergency room at Rush Oak Park Hospital, Thursday morning around 8:30 a.m.
Leroy Burton had been arrested March 6 and charged with retail theft for allegedly shoplifting from a business in the 200 block of Lake Street.
"He was on his way to a bond hearing and he said he wasn't feeling well," said Detective Sgt. Michael Lepczynski. Burton slipped away from police in the emergency room, located in the 500 block of Maple Ave. and fled eastbound. Police told dispatchers he was wearing a hospital gown and jeans.
Burton had shed the hospital gown by the time he was found on the porch of a house in the 600 block of Home Ave., according to a neighbor. A K-9 police dog assisted with the arrest, according to the neighbor.
"He was a big guy, wearing no shirt and pants," the neighbor said.
Police reports say Burton was "apprehended within minutes," with the help of River Forest and Forest Park police. Burton was charged with escape from police custody.
This article was updated to include charges filed by Oak Park police.