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Update: Tyler Police pull hospital patient from sewer

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TYLER (KYTX) - A man hiding in the City of Tyler's sewer system put police and emergency crews in an unusual situation Tuesday afternoon.

It all started around 2 p.m. when 19-year-old Roemello Lewis escaped from a Smith County investigator at East Texas Medical Center.

Tyler police say the man ran into the woods off of South Beckham and stripped off his clothes.

"In the midst of evading the officer, he got into a drainage ditch and he's been down there ever since," said Officer Don Martin.

For about three hours, Lewis navigated his way through Tyler's sewer system, while officers and workers with the Tyler water department looked at maps to try and figure out how to stop him. 

Slender police officers climbed into small openings to try and find Lewis, while others moved cars out of the way that were blocking entrances to the sewer.

"We had him between point A and point B, we just couldn't get him out.  It was a very small hole," explained Officer Martin. 

Traffic was backed up along South Beckham for a few hours during the search, but around 5:30 p.m. officers were able to get Lewis out.  Our cameras were kept back and we weren't able to capture the actually rescue.

"He looked actually pretty good for being down there, unclothed, and in this cold weather and wet," added Officer Martin.

We don't know if any charges will be filed against Lewis.   We're told he will receive a mental evaluation. 

We ran a background check on him and could not find any evidence of a criminal history. 

 



 

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