Detroit police searching for suspect who escaped custody while at hospital

Posted at 1:30 PM, May 19, 2024

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Police are actively searching for a suspect who they say escaped custody while at a local hospital on Sunday morning.

Police say 22-year-old Cortez Rabb, who was in custody for felony offenses, told officers he had medical issues and was transported to a nearby hospital. This was reportedly in the 2700 block of W. Grand Boulevard.

While at the hospital, Detroit Police say he escaped control of the officers and left the hospital.

A search for Rabb is underway.

WATCH: DPD officials speak on suspect who escaped custody while at hospital

DPD officials speak on suspect who escaped custody while at hospital

In a press conference Monday afternoon, DPD Deputy Chief Jacqueline Pritchett clarified that Rabb had a felony warrant. He allegedly had a seizure at the scene and was taken to Henry Ford Hospital by police. Pritchett said that while there, Rabb went to use the restroom, and escaped custody at that point.

"We'll be able to track him down," DPD Chief James White said at the press conference. "We don't believe he poses a threat to anyone else and we have some resources dedicated to finding him, but he needs to turn himself in."

White also clarified that it's standard procedure for people under arrest to be escorted to the hospital when they say they need to be treated, and also escorted by officers when they need to use the bathroom. White said that Rabb may have struck an officer at some point and that they would provide an update once he was caught.

If anyone locates Rabb, they are asked to not approach him and call 911.