Accused rape suspect on the run after escaping state hospital

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According to police,  an accused rapist escaped the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock around 6:30p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2018.

Rachel Longfellow, a resident who lives near the hospital, was shaken by the news.

“To get the news that this had happened just a couple blocks down the road just makes you question things immediately turned around to make sure our door was locked so,” she said.

“It’s very worrisome,” resident Michael Keddie said.

Neighbors near the hospital are keeping an eye out for the 33-year-old.

“Some who is in confinement and can get out of that confinement is very troubling,” Keddie said.

As of Sunday, Arkansas State Hospital Police have not released how Barrett managed to escape.

“It’s a little bit weird as a neighbor being so close by,” Longfellow said.

According to online court documents, a state hospital doctor wrote last December that Barrett has PTSD along with other diagnoses and references symptoms related to trauma experienced while he was deployed in Afghanistan.

He’s been in custody fighting a rape charged out of Faulkner County since 2015.

Greenbrier Police say he lived there when the alleged rape occurred. The chief wouldn’t comment on tht case but said Barrett ran from them back then and was found in Texas.

“Everyone and anyone could be in danger,” Keddie said.

Online court record reflect Barrett was supposed to be back in a Faulker County courtroom on Monday.

 Police say there have been some reported sightings of Barrett but he is still not in custody.

If you see him you’re asked to call your local police department or the Arkansas State Hospital Police.

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