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Man Charged With Escape From Denver Hospital

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Samuel Lee Govea (credit: Denver Sheriff Department)

Samuel Lee Govea (credit: Denver Sheriff Department)

DENVER (AP) — A patient who authorities say escaped from custody at a Denver hospital has been formally charged.

Denver prosecutors said Thursday that 22-year-old Samuel L. Govea is now charged with escape.

Govea was at Denver Health Medical Center on Sunday for treatment of a gunshot wound in his leg. He was shackled to his bed after authorities learned he was wanted on suspicion of escape, burglary, assault, menacing, criminal mischief, violating a protection order and failing to register as a sex offender.

Sheriff’s officials say he dismantled the bed to break free. Police arrested him two days later.

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