Harmful escapee from Henderson mental health center caught in California

HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) –

A 30-year-old male who broke out of a valley mental health center and carjacked a victim Tuesday morning has been jailed in California, inning accordance with Henderson authorities.

Authorities stated they were asking the general public to be on the lookout for Daniel Heller, described as a “self-destructive” drug user with “violent propensities.”

Police stated Heller was last seen at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the area of 7 Hills Drive and Saint Rose Parkway. He was driving a carjacked beige 2013 Honda Accord that was later on associated with a small hit-and-run crash in Henderson.

Officer Scott Williams, a representative for the Henderson Police Department, said Heller had family in California who revealed fear when they discovered of his escape.

Wednesday, Henderson authorities updated the scenario and reported Heller was collared without incident by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Workplace while en route to a relative’s home.

Officer Williams revealed the seriousness to capture Heller on Tuesday.

“You’re simply dealing with somebody that’s unstable,” Williams said. “As you understand, simply from recent occasions, when you have actually psychological health blended with the possibility of weapons, it’s urgent that we find him.”

Individuals who lived in the Henderson area said they were “horrified” to become aware of Heller’s original escape. One male stated his child goes to preschool in the very same car park as the psychological medical facility.

FOX5 spoke with an employee who chose not to give out his name at 7 Hills Behavioral Health Center. He said he had “no comment.”

Officer Williams stated Heller “saw an opportunity” when a door was left open inside the center. Authorities stated he ran through that door, then broke down a 2nd door.

“It’s a bit upsetting that we have a mental medical facility here with such low security and that something like this might happen,” next-door neighbor Chris Aguon stated.

Officials did not launch any further immediate info on the occurrence.

Stay with FOX5 for continued updates on this story.

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