Randy McIIwain, NBC 5 News
Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department located wanted man Leslie Ellison Wednesday morning at the Seagoville Inn. He had eluded police for several days after escaping from a state hospital.
Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff's Department located a wanted man Wednesday who had eluded police for several days after escaping from a state hospital.
Leslie Ellison was found Wednesday morning at the Seagoville Inn located at 1920 U.S. Highway 175 in Seagoville near Belt Line Road South.
The sheriff's department said Ellison barricaded himself in the bathroom and was in the company of a woman at the time of his arrest. He was taken into custody by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department with the assistance of the Dallas police and the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, who received the tip on Ellison's location.
Ellison has been transferred to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center.
Ellison had been the subject of a manhunt since Nov. 30 when, while being held at the Terrell State Hospital, he swallowed three AA batteries. While being transferred to a medical hospital for treatment, he kicked open a door and escaped from custody near Interstate 30 and St. Francis Street in Dallas, Terrell police said.
Ellison is then believed to have stolen a friend's truck in Dallas before leading police on a chase early Tuesday morning. The driver abandoned the truck and escaped.
Another chase Tuesday afternoon was believed to have involved Ellison and resulted in an aerial search of a field in southeast Dallas County. The person sought in that chase was also never located.
Ellison has a history of evading, resisting, theft, vehicle theft, burglary and possession of a controlled substance. In June, records show a Dallas officer had to use a stun gun to restrain and cuff Ellison after he allegedly pointed a gun at someone and told the officer, "You'll have to kill me."
Police warned Ellison was likely desperate and was considered to be armed and dangerous.
Editor's Note: The Dallas County Sheriff's Office initially reported Ellison was captured at a Best Western hotel. They later corrected that statement and said the deputies initial report was incorrect. The Seagoville Inn is located next door to the Best Western hotel.