Authorities searching for escaped inmate in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A search is underway for an inmate who escaped from Riverside Regional Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

Thomas Douglas Brabham was arrested by Newport News Police on March 25 and was being held in the Newport News City Jail.

Thomas Douglas Brabham

Brabham was arrested after over 200 stolen items were recovered by police.

According to police, Brabham and James Singleton were responsible for multiple burglaries in Newport News.

On March 28, Brabham was transported to the hospital for medical attention.

Brabham was undergoing physical therapy at the hospital when he escaped, according to the Newport News Sheriff's Office.

Hospital officials say they do not believe he is in or near the facility. They said he left in a traditional blue hospital down around 2:20 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

He possibly got into a car and left the area but that has not been confirmed through police.

The hospital was not put on lock down.

Officials believe he exited through the Annex door and said there was a thorough search of the building.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the escape.

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