Police are searching for an 18-year-old who allegedly busted his girlfriend out of a locked mental ward by threatening to kill two nurses.
Elliott Ravert brandished a handgun as he ordered staff to unlock the door at Philhaven Hospital’s psychiatric facility on Tuesday night, Cornwall Borough Police in Pennsylvania said.
He fled with Alicia Buzzard, 21, who was being treated for bipolar disorder as well as several other psychological ailments, her family said.
Ravert and Buzzard had been friends for about three months, but the young woman’s parents had ordered Ravert to stay away after their relationship became sexual, Buzzard’s sister, Tiffany, told Lancaster Online.
“They were starting to get physical and trying to have babies,” Tiffany said. “She stopped taking her medicine and threatened to kill herself."
Alicia had been at the facility for less than two weeks, her family said.
Police obtained an arrest warrant for Ravert on charges of robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats.
Buzzard’s mom, Jacqui Shay, said Alicia “has the mind of a 12-year-old. She can be psychotic. She goes manic. I think she’s probably a little scared. She doesn’t like guns. She never wanted to shoot guns.”
Police said they didn’t know if Buzzard willingly left with Ravert.
Ravert drives a 2004 Chevy Avalanche and may have switched his Pennsylvania tags for Texas license plates, police said.
Authorities said they had no idea where he may have headed.