Man arrested after escaping from Steamboat Springs hospital |

Man arrested after escaping from Steamboat Springs hospital

Michael Lavelle Marks

— A man has a warm place to stay and three meals a day after law enforcement officials say he escaped from Yampa Valley Medical Center on Monday and spent the night in a shed on Pamela Lane.

The incident began when Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of a fight at a trailer park in Milner. When deputies arrived, Michael Lavelle Marks, 43, had a laceration to his face and was taken to the hospital. Marks was not arrested at that time, but Undersheriff Ray Birch said a deputy and Colorado State Patrol trooper accompanied Marks to the hospital.

After interviewing witnesses, Birch said deputies think Marks was intoxicated when he got confrontational after being asked to leave a man's trailer. Birch said that the man took Marks to the ground and punched him and that Marks made threats as he started to leave.

"Essentially, he threatened to go get a gun," Birch said.

When Marks returned to the trailer, he had his hand behind his back, and then deputies arrived, Birch said. Marks did not have a weapon on him.

After interviewing witnesses, deputies decided to arrest Marks, but they did not have the opportunity Monday night. Birch said hospital workers were taking Marks to an X-ray room when he ran out of the emergency room wearing hospital stockings. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and deputies followed footprints, but they lost the trail and did not find Marks until the next morning.

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Steamboat police Sgt. Rich Brown said officers were called to a report of a suspicious person on Pamela Lane. Marks reportedly had spent the night in a shed.

Marks was arrested and again was taken to the hospital with possible frostbite, Brown said. On Tuesday afternoon, Marks was released from the hospital and taken to the Routt County Jail. Birch said he was booked on suspicion of felony menacing, harassment and for violating a protection order that forbid Marks from drinking alcohol.

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