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Quincy escaped patient apprehended

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A man who escaped Blessing Hospital and was on the run for hours has been taken into custody.

Officers say, Zachary Nokes, 46, of Quincy, escaped from the hospital's psychiatric unit Sunday around 2:45 p.m.

As a result, Blessing Hospital was put on lockdown as authorities worked to search for him.

Quincy police say the Hannibal police department arrested Nokes just before 11:30 pm Sunday night at the Hannibal Regional Hospital.

He was taken into custody on an Adams County warrant for Intimidation and Aggravated Assault.

About an hour later, Blessing Hospital officially lifted its lockdown.

When asked why Nokes was at Blessing Hospital in the first place, QPD Deputy Chief Adam Yates said they take people to Blessing Hospital who they believe need psychiatric services.

"It's a Blessing Hospital protocol," Yates said. "There's a locked psychiatric unit at the hospital, so there's not officers that are at the hospital 24/7 or anything like that. It's an actual locked adult psychiatric unit."

Police arrested Nokes on Friday after an almost hour-long armed standoff with police where they say he was initially suicidal but then pointed a gun at another person.

There was a police presence at the house on 20th and Maple Sunday evening.

Police said the individual involved in the standoff is safe.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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