Police arrest prisoner who escaped from hospital

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DENVER — Police have arrested a prisoner who escaped from custody while being treated for a gunshot wound at Denver Health Medical Center.

Authorities say Samuel Govea, 21, was arrested at a home in Edgewater on Monday. 

Govea escaped from the hospital at about 8 p.m. Sunday as doctors were treating him for a gunshot wound to his left leg.

In addition to the escape, Govea was wanted for burglary, assault, felony menacing, criminal mischief, violating a protective order and failing to register as a sex offender.

“Our patient’s safety and wellbeing is our top priority,” said Denver Health Medical Center spokeswoman Julie Lonborg.  “ Yesterday’s situation involving a prisoner who escaped from Denver Sheriff’s custody while being treated at Denver Health is an unfortunate and isolated incident.    We realize this situation is unsettling for our patients and employees.  Denver Health is cooperating fully with law enforcement as they investigate this matter.”

Govea was sent back to Denver Health Medical Center to finish treating his wound.

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