Man arrested at Columbus Airport escapes psychiatric hospital

Temitope O. Olayeye

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police are searching for a man who escaped from the Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

Temitope Olayeye, 22, was arrested at Columbus Airport on January 12 after making a disturbance at Port Columbus Airport. He was later admitted to the psychiatric hospital.

Last night, police say he escaped.

Olayeye is a black male, 6’0″ tall, weighs 180 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes. If you spot him, call police right away or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-8477.

Arrested at Port Columbus:

Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital

Police say Olayeye was arrested after causing a disturbance in the baggage are of the airport. Police say he was yelling and cussing at passengers.

The responding officer told Olayeye to show his hands or else he would draw his service weapon. Olaleye then said “then I will get my gun first” and reached into the back waistband area of his pants. Other responding officers then got Olaleye to the ground and put him in handcuffs.

While walking Olaleye to a secured area, police say he shouted to other passengers at the airport “If I’m not out in 5 minutes, blow the plane.” He later told police he acted out because terrorists told him to do it. When asked how they contacted him, Olaleye said he hears people whispering in his ears.

He was booked on charges of inducing panic, failure to provide information and obstruction official business before later being transferred to the psychiatric hospital.

Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital released the following statement in regards to Olaleye:

The facility is actively cooperating with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Columbus Police to bring the patient back to the facility.

Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare takes its duty to provide a safe environment for employees and patients very seriously. The hospital is fully cooperating with the Ohio State Highway Patrol to review this incident. In light of two elopements this week, we will be conducting a full review to avoid any future incidents.

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