Man escapes police custody at hospital

Ernie Lizana (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
Ernie Lizana (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The search is on for a man who escaped police custody. Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania told WLOX News Ernie Lizana, 45, was at the hospital after being arrested on a controlled substance charge.

While getting medical treatment, Lizana reportedly ran off wearing only a hospital gown. Lizana is just under six feet tall, and weighs about 200 pounds.

If you've seen Lizana, call the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-787-5898. Your tips can remain anonymous.

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