Police are combing the Tewksbury area today, searching for an escaped mental patient who faces charges in a local homicide case.
Jeremy Price, 17, of Mattapan, escaped from Tewksbury State Hospital around 9 p.m. Monday by scaling a fence, said Tewksbury Police Sergeant Mark Perry.
Price was being evaluated at the state lockdown facility, Perry said.
Price was described as a black male, 5-foot-10 and weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and a scar on the top of his right hand.
He was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, light blue pants, and sneakers. Price should be considered dangerous, Perry said.
Price was charged with manslaughter in the June 2007 death of 41-year-old Michael Hansbury. Hansbury died after Price allegedly struck him, causing him to fall down and strike his head on the curb. Price was indicted as a youthful offender, but deemed not competent to stand trial, the Suffolk district attorney's office said in a statement.
"Prosecutors have repeatedly recommended that he be held in the most secure and structured programs," the district attorney's office said.
Anyone with information on Price’s whereabouts is asked to call Tewksbury police at 978-851-7373.
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