Naseem Roulack: Search underway for inmate who escaped St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico
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Naseem Roulack: Search underway for inmate who escaped St. Mary's Hospital in Henrico

Jun 21, 2023

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A massive search continues more than 12 hours after a Greensville Correctional Center inmate escaped two guards at a hospital in Henrico County early Saturday morning.

Naseem Roulack escaped the supervision of two prison security officers. at St. Mary’s Hospital on Bremo Road, officials with the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) said.

Troopers said he "left the hospital on foot" at 5:42 a.m. and was last seen "casually walking" on Franklin Street in the Near West End.

As a result, the hospital was placed on lockdown at 7 a.m. and a number of state and local law enforcement agencies began searching for Roulack, prison officials said.

"At this time we have no reason to believe he was armed. However, he is serving time for malicious wounding," Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller said. "Of course we ask everyone not to approach him. But if they do see someone fitting his description, please contact police."

Roulack is believed to be wearing a gray t-shirt with black shorts and what appears to be either a white towel or sheet on his head, according to state police. He was also carrying a backpack or bag over his shoulder, according to troopers.

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"Police have recovered his medical gown and the restraints he was wearing when he left the hospital," Geller said. "Those items were found in the street and a yard within walking distance of the hospital."

Officials initially said Roulack was wearing a white gown, white socks and no shoes when he was last seen leaving a hospital bathroom. However, they said sightings called into police have led to the updated description.

Authorities described Roulack as a Black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 177 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Additionally, troopers said the 21-year-old who goes by the alias of Lil Nas has four tattoos. He has "Cut Throat" on his right cheek, a tattoo on his left arm that says "RIP ish." He also has a tattoo on his right arm that reads "Faith is Seeing with Your Heart When All Your Eyes See is Darkness" as well as one on his chest that reads “Marie.”

Court Records: Inmate has extensive criminal background in the Woodbridge

The Woodbridge native is serving a 13-year sentence for aggravated malicious wounding, grand larceny and hit and run, according to VDOC officials. The 21-year-old has an extensive criminal background in the Woodbridge area, according to court records.

He was taken from Greensville Correctional Center to St. Mary's for medical treatment last week, according to VDOC officials.

Roulack was supposed to be receiving care for seizures on the sixth floor, Crime Insider sources told Jon Burkett.

State police obtained an arrest warrant for Roulack on one felony count of escape for an individual already in police custody, officials said Saturday afternoon.

State and local K9 tracking crews, patrols as well as crews in the air continued with the search, officials said.

Law enforcement is also continuing to "follow up on tips concerning" Roulack's whereabouts, troopers said.

Neighbors who live near the hospital said they were told by police to shelter in place.

"There is a helicopter flying in circles around the area, going on about 30 minutes now," a woman wrote to WTVR CBS 6 around 9:10 a.m.

She said she received a text alert from Henrico County around 8:40 a.m. warning her that police were looking for a man near the hospital.

If you see Roulack, do not approach him, officials warned, call 911. Anyone who thinks they may have seen him or has information about his whereabouts is also asked to call 911 or dial #77 on a cell phone.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email [email protected] to send a tip.

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