Arizona State Hospital patient escapes off-site treatment

Toby Manning
May 4, 2017

Authorities are warning that Layton is a potentially risky sex offender who escaped from an Arizona state hospital rehabilitation program.

Layton's ankle monitor was later found in a dumpster at a shopping center in the area of Central and Dunlap.

Layton, who was being treated by the hospital's community protection and treatment center staff who deal with "sexually violent" patients.

Prosecutors in Mohave County have worked to block Layton's release into the community since his prison sentence expired by successfully petitioning the court to keep him in the Arizona Community Protection and Treatment Center.

The patient is considered to be a moderate risk for potential harm to others.

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Layton is described as a 5-foot 8-inch, 211-pound white male with brown hair and brown eyes.

He could be wearing black shorts and a black long-sleeved shirt. He has multiple tattoos, including one of a cross on his left hand.

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities are warning of a potentially unsafe sex offender who escaped from an Arizona state hospital rehabilitation program. Layton reportedly took off running out of the front door of a Chinese restaurant, before anyone could stop him.

Police are searching for a sex offender who escaped from hospital staff during an off-site treatment activity Saturday night. All admissions and re-admissions to, and discharges from, ACPTC are court ordered. Authorities in Arizona urge anyone with information about Layton's whereabouts to contact CrimeStoppers or the Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151.

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