Newark police seek prisoner who fled from hospital room

Newark police are continuing their search for a prisoner who escaped from a guarded hospital room.

Elijan Shabazz has escaped from police custody at University Hospital in Newark.

Elijan Shabazz has escaped from police custody at University Hospital in Newark. (3/31/15)

NEWARK - Newark police are continuing their search for a prisoner who escaped from a guarded hospital room.

Elijah Shabazz had been admitted to University Hospital under police guard after complaining of chest pains.

A hospital spokeswoman says the hospital was put in lockdown after police and doctors discovered the 46-year-old Shabazz wasn't in his room shortly after 11 a.m. Monday. Only patients entering the hospital for treatment were allowed in. The lockdown was lifted at 1:45 p.m.

Shabazz was being held on robbery, burglary and resisting arrest charges.

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