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.



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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