Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mental Patient Escapes Hospital by Climbing Drain Pipe To Roof

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM

click to enlarge Gregg Atkisson. - SLMPD
  • Gregg Atkisson.

St. Louis police are on the hunt for a Richmond Heights man who escaped from the St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center Sunday afternoon.

Gregg Atkisson, 27, of the 1000 block of Commodore Drive, is a patient at the psychiatric hospital on Arsenal Street, though police haven't released why he was committed there.

On Sunday around 4:15 p.m., a hospital employee saw Atkisson climb a twenty-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard, according to police.

Once Atkisson was on the roof and began running, the employee lost sight of him because of the height of the building. A search of the facility, which sits south of Arsenal Street between Brannon and Sublette avenues, was unsuccessful.

Atkisson remains on the loose.

See also: FBI: Ronald Avers, 68, Hid Needles in Packaged Meat at Belleville Grocery "For the Hell Of It"

click to enlarge The hospital where Atkisson escaped. - GOOGLE MAPS
  • Google Maps
  • The hospital where Atkisson escaped.

Here's the full report from police:

Incident: Escape from Commitment

Location: 5300 Arsenal (Malcolm Bliss State Hospital)

Date/Time: 8/31/14 @ 16:15 - 17:40

Suspect: Gregg Atkisson, 27-year old male with a last known address of the 1000 block of Commodore, Richmond Heights, MO

An employee stated that at approximately 16:15, he observed the suspect, who was committed to the Malcolm Bliss State Hospital, scale a 20-foot downspout onto the roof of the hospital from a courtyard. Once on the roof, the employee reported seeing the suspect begin running. Due to the height of the building, the employee could not see how the suspect exited the roof. A search of the facility for the suspect was unsuccessful. The suspect was entered as wanted and remains at large. The investigation is ongoing.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation