From The Modesto Bee:
While in the hospital, Lucas was handcuffed to his bed and wore leg irons, Singh said. Around 4 a.m. Thursday, the deputy watching Lucas stepped away from the room. The reason he left remains under investigation and his name has not been released [naturally! --ed.], Singh said. When the deputy returned, he found an empty bed.The "neighbor" is 80 years old.
Lucas, who was naked, had slipped out of his handcuffs and pulled out his intravenous line. A small blood trail showed the door through which he left, but officers were unable to find him, Singh said.
Modesto police received several calls from residents about the escapee, who briefly gained access to a home in the 400 block of West Orangeburg Avenue, said Modesto police Sgt. Ray Coyle. As Lucas left, a neighbor tackled him. He sat on Lucas in a front yard until police arrived.