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Lumpkin County inmate escapes from Gainesville hospital
Steven Smith 2017
Steven Smith

Authorities are searching for a Lumpkin County inmate who escaped Tuesday from his hospital room at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

Steven Smith, 27, is being sought by several law enforcement agencies, according to a statement released by Alan Roach, spokesman for the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office.

Roach said the sheriff’s office was notified around 2 p.m. Tuesday that Smith had escaped. Gainesville Police officers, hospital security staff and the detention officer there started the search for the inmate.

A total of 16 officers from the Lumpkin sheriff’s office responded and searched the hospital grounds and surrounding parking lots, and they looked inside vehicles in the parking lots.  

At the time of Smith’s escape, Roach said, the suspect was being held on multiple charges including: possession of a firearm or knife during certain crimes; criminal use of an article with an altered identification mark; possession of certain types of firearms, dangerous weapons and silencers prohibited; sale, manufacture, etc. of certain controlled substances; possession of drug-related objects; forgery/counterfeiting of other object; and theft by receiving stolen property.

Anyone with information about Smith should call 706-864-0414 during the day and ask for Capt. Marcus Sewell or at night call non-emergency dispatch at 706-864-3633.

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