A “miscommunication” between Chicago police and a suburban hospital has allowed a killer to walk free.
Police say 21-year-old Mark Cherry is on the lam after an Illinois hospital simply allowed him to leave after being treated for a gunshot wound he sustained during an armed robbery of a Gary, Indiana home. The incident left 22-year-old Rolando Correa dead and Cherry was charged with murder and attempted murder.
He was taken to the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn to have his wound treated and had to be hospitalized for two months. He was supposed to be taken into police custody once healed but the hospital merely discharged him and let him go free.
Gary police spokesperson Gabrielle King said: “Somehow, I don’t know who is responsible for not notifying the Gary Police Department, but it should have been known, it should have been flagged. At this point, he is definitely considered dangerous.”
The hospital is defending itself, saying they are not allowed to notify anyone of a patient’s discharge unless the patient agrees and it’s the department’s responsibility to post a cop at the hospital to take a patient into custody.
The hospital has released a statement saying “Advocate Chris Medical Center has no police powers and, therefore, cannot legally detain a patient against his or her will. If a patient is under suspicion for a serious offense, the police department involved in the case typically posts an officer on site during the period of the hospitalization.”
Gary Police is asking anyone with information on Cherry’s location to contact them at 219-881-1214.