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Escapee from psychiatric hospital charged with kidnapping, assaulting group home worker, authorities say

Coleman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his father in 2017. Coleman had initially been charged with second-degree murder. He told authorities the shooting was an accident. He was being held at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington. His next hearing in the manslaughter case is Oct. 23.

An arrest affidavit filed in court says St. Elizabeths staff discovered Coleman missing at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The affidavit says that in his place, workers found “a decoy made of sheets, towels and blue painters tape constructed in a manner to mimic the form of a human body.”

A review of surveillance video showed Coleman leaving his room Saturday night, walking down a corridor and entering a secured room near the exit, the affidavit says. He remained there for several minutes, then left by “manipulating the door,” the affidavit says. The court documents do not elaborate on how

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