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Bodycam footage shows arrest of psychiatric patient who allegedly stole a car with toddler inside

Posted at 3:54 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 15:54:03-04

Newly acquired body camera footage shows the tense moments that led up to the capture of a psychiatric patient who escaped from a local hospital in Cleveland and allegedly boosted a car with a toddler inside. 

The video shows the 16-month-old's father come into a police station and tell officers a man took his vehicle and child after he got out of the car to shut his garage door.

Police eventually found the suspect — Travis Lee Burke, 23, a few miles away near East 55th Street and Superior Avenue. Burke fled from officers on foot. After a short chase and scuffle, Burke was taken into custody. The child was reunited with the family.

Police say a handgun was later found inside the stolen car.

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Burke had been in custody on drug charges when he was sent to a hospital on a medical furlough prior to his escape, authorities said. 

He was charged with aggravated robbery, grand theft and kidnapping. 

RELATED: Sheriff's office reviews medical furlough policy after inmate escapes, stealscarwith baby inside