PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - **UPDATE**
Authorities say John Ireland was found in Oakland Park. He is now back in custody.
Pembroke Pines police are searching for a man covered in tattoos who they said climbed a fence to escape a psychiatric hospital.
Police said the public should be on the lookout for 33-year-old John Ireland. Ireland escaped from the South Florida State Hospital on Wednesday around 4:00 p.m.
Please BOLO for Escaped Prisoner John Ireland DOB 5/13/19, 6'5" 200lbs, last seen wearing black shirt and black pants. He escaped from 800 E Cypress Drive in Pembroke Pines at approximately 6:30pm today. DO NOT approach him if you see him. Call 911 immediately. pic.twitter.com/MlJnk4WnuF— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) September 12, 2019
According to authorities, Ireland was diagnosed with schizophrenia and has a history of violent behavior. A tattoo on his face appears to be the word 'death.'
Ireland is described as 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a black shirt.
Officers conducted an extensive search in the surrounding areas, including K-9 units, but were not able to locate him.
"DO NOT approach him if you see him. Call 911 immediately," police warned.
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