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Escaped sex offender from Kansas mental hospital captured in Utah

John Freeman Colt
Posted at 4:00 PM, Sep 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-28 18:10:39-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pawnee County, Kansas, attorney Douglas W. McNett announced Tuesday that sex offender John Freeman Colt, who escaped from a Kansas mental hospital in late June, is in custody.

Colt, 42, escaped from Larned State Hospital's Sexual Predator Treatment Program on June 30th where he resided since 2007 after serving five years in state prison.

Colt was arrested after a citizen saw him camping on federal land in Wayne County, Utah, according to Ronald Miller, U.S. Marshal for the District of Kansas.

The Wayne County Sheriff's office was organizing to arrest Colt when they saw him pass by on a motorcycle. Colt was captured him after a brief chase, Miller said.

The Pawnee County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Service worked together to search for the sex offender.

McNett said in a Facebook post that law enforcement plan to announce additional details of Colt's arrest later Tuesday.

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