Arsonist Escape

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Authorities are searching for an arsonist who escaped from the state psychiatric hospital this weekend.

Forty three year old Edward Benge fled from the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo on Saturday night.

Even though he had escaped once before, he was considered a low
risk and allowed to walk across the hospital's unfenced grounds.

Benge set fire to a Colorado Springs bar in 1990 after being thrown out. The fire killed a man sleeping upstairs.

He has admitted faking his way into the hospital by telling psychiatrists he saw monsters and heard voices. Records show his symptoms disappeared after he was admitted.

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