Hunt is on for inmate who fled hospital


LISBON — A 22-year-old Wellsville man is being sought by authorities after he reportedly escaped from custody of a county sheriff’s deputy while being treated at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Youngstown.

Malik P. Pullie, Commerce Street, remained on the loose on Thursday evening, about 24 hours after he ran from the downtown Youngstown hospital. Sheriff Ray Stone said deputies and Wellsville police were following up on tips, utilizing warrants and looking for Pullie.

Pullie had been an inmate at the county jail, but Stone said Wednesday evening he had jumped off a tier at the facility and landed on a table. Due to injuries, Pullie was transported by an ambulance to the hospital for treatment. A deputy accompanied him.

However, Stone said Pullie asked to use a restroom and with the aid of two nurses and a walker, had been taken into the restroom while the deputy stood by the cracked door and waited. That is when Pullie pushed the door into the deputy, ran down two flights of stairs and out of the hospital.

According to Stone, Pullie was at the county jail after being sentenced in Common Pleas Court to a year in prison on Monday. That case was a tampering with evidence charge for which he had violated his community control.

However, the sheriff’s office had not transported Pullie to prison yet because he still had other court appearances pending, reportedly in East Liverpool Municipal Court.

Pullie also had waived his right to a preliminary hearing in county Municipal Court on Monday on charges of assault on a peace officer, domestic violence, resisting arrest and two counts of receiving stolen property. Those charges are for allegedly hitting Tiffany Sattler on Jan. 31, breaking her TV, stealing her Amazon Fire TV Stick, threatening to return with a handgun to shoot Sattler in the face and nearly hitting a Wellsville police officer with a vehicle before attempting to run away.

In that case he was bound over to the grand jury, which met this week, but it is not known if that case was among the 49 presented.



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