Man Escapes Miami Hospital, Leads Police on Bicycle Chase

A man who was taken by police to a Miami hospital for evaluation was captured again after he escaped and tried to carjack a woman then led officers on a bicycle chase, authorities said

Monday, Apr 7, 2014  |  Updated 8:59 PM EDT
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A man who was taken by police to a Miami hospital for evaluation was captured again after he escaped and tried to carjack a woman then led officers on a bicycle chase, authorities said.

The incident began around 3 a.m. Monday, when officers responding to a trespassing call at 301 Northeast Biscayne Boulevard spotted 20-year-old Michael Tyrone Burcks Jr., who tried to get away by jumping into the water, Miami Police spokesman Rene Pimentel said.

The Coast Guard was called and helped assist the officers in taking Burcks into custody. He was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's crisis center for evaluation but a few hours later, around 7:30 a.m., police received a call that he had escaped the hospital, Pimentel said.

According to Pimentel, Burcks tried to carjack a woman in Northwest 7th Avenue, but she was able to drive away. He was able to steal a bike from someone in the area but officers caught up to him heading northbound on Northwest 7th Avenue, Pimentel said.

When Burcks tried to fight off the officers, they Tasered him and it took several officers to subdue him, Pimentel said.

Burcks was taken back to Jackson to be evaluated and will likely face charges of attempted carjacking and strong armed robbery, Pimentel said.

Pimentel said police don't know how the man escaped the first time but they're investigating the incident.

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