A missing mental patient has surrendered after a 17-hour manhunt.
A member of the search team, an officer with the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo (CMHIP), spotted the missing man on the 1600 block of Jet Wing in Colorado Springs early Friday afternoon. This confirmed authorities' suspicions that Robert Braa, 50, would head north from Pueblo, since he is from Douglas County.
Braa, who had been given certain privileges as a patient, signed out of the hospital Thursday and never returned. He was reported missing at 8:15 p.m.
Colorado Springs Police confirm that Braa turned himself in at a 7-Eleven store. He will be taken back to CMHIP for care, but it is unknown if charges will be filed.
Braa had been a patient at CMHIP since 2007, when he was found not guilty of attempted first-degree murder by reason of insanity. Prior to his admittance into the hospital, he had been an inmate at the Douglas County Jail for stalking allegations.
A spokesperson with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office says that during his time at the jail, Braa assaulted a deputy. Braa reportedly began choking the deputy, using the radio cord attached to the victim's own lapel, then knocked him to the ground. Several other deputies had to step in to subdue him.
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