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Man arrested in Friday standoff sought after escaping Blessing psych unit

Zachary Nokes
Posted: Dec. 8, 2019 5:17 pm Updated: Dec. 8, 2019 8:31 pm

QUINCY — The Quincy Police Department is searching for a man who escaped Sunday afternoon from the Blessing Adult Psychiatric Unit.

Zachary D. Nokes, 46, who had been arrested on an Adams County warrant for intimidation and aggravated assault, escaped on foot shortly before 3 p.m., according to information supplied by QPD.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Nokes has a 2004 Silver Dodge Ram truck, Illinois registration 7165DD, that he may be driving. Nokes was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans in the area of Tenth and Lind streets.

Nokes should be considered armed and dangerous.

Nokes had been arrested following a short standoff with police Friday morning at 2043 Maple.

QPD officers responded Friday morning to the Maple address on a report of a suicidal subject armed with a shotgun who had allegedly pointed it at another person at the residence.

The Quincy Police Department and the Adams County Sheriff's Department secured the home and made contact with Nokes and convinced him to surrender the weapon before he was taken into custody.

Nokes also is a person of interest in a recent burglary in Adams County where a firearm was stolen.

In a statement released Sunday night, Blessing Hospital said the Blessing Behavioral Center staff is "trained and experienced in treating patients with unique needs."

"The elopement of a patient is a rare occurrence," the hospital said. "Blessing has been dedicated to the care of behavioral patients for more than ... 50 years and their safety is our top priority.

"The processes and equipment used in the Blessing Behavioral Center meets all regulatory standards. As a result of this situation however, processes and equipment will be reviewed and any necessary action taken to reduce the risk of a similar occurrence in the future"

Blessing said it s working with the Quincy Police Department to bring the situation to an end as soon as possible.

The hospital remains on a controlled lockdown.

A controlled lockdown means visitors can enter the hospital through the Emergency Center entrance after being questioned about their visit by Blessing staff. 

Visitors are being asked to not come to the hospital until the situation is resolved. 

Patient care continues with the Emergency Center open and the Blessing Walk-In Clinic open until 10 p.m. Anyone entering the hospital is asked to use the Emergency Center entrance.

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