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PD: Mental patient escapee found sleeping behind home

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Steven Woodard's booking photo (LVMPD) Steven Woodard's booking photo (LVMPD)
Police released a photo of Steven Woodard that was taken in March 2014. They say his hair is shorter now. (LVMPD) Police released a photo of Steven Woodard that was taken in March 2014. They say his hair is shorter now. (LVMPD)

An escaped mental patient suspected in the killing of his 91-year-old grandfather was taken into custody on Wednesday, according to police.

Las Vegas Metro police spokesperson Jesse Roybal said Steven Woodard, 43, was arrested Wednesday morning.

According to police, officers looking for the suspect in the area of Charleston Boulevard and 17th Street found him sleeping behind a vacant home just after 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Police said he was arrested without incident and booked into Clark County Detention Center on a count of open murder and two counts of attempted murder.

On Tuesday, police identified Steven Woodard as the suspect in the slaying of Richard Donald Hill, 91. Officers found Hill's body Tuesday morning during a welfare check in the 2800 block of Florence Avenue, near McLeod Drive and Hacienda Avenue.

Police said Steven Woodard was Woodard's grandfather.

Citing detectives, police said the victim appeared to have been killed Monday evening.

Police also confirmed Steven Woodard escaped from mental health facilities in Oregon and Washington, but there was no word on how he traveled to the Las Vegas area.

Police believed Steven Woodard tried to harm his father and the father's roommate at a home just off Charleston Boulevard near Maryland Parkway.

Steven Woodard's father Jerry Woodard said to FOX5's Elizabeth Watts off-camera that his son held a razor blade to his neck. He said Steven Woodard suffers from schizophrenia and has a drug problem.

Jerry Woodard said his father, who was killed, suffered from Parkinson's Disease. Jerry Woodard also lost his mom earlier this year.

Jerry Woodard's next-door neighbor Perla Miranda said her family had seen Steven Woodard trying to break into his father's home and car before.

She feels for her neighbor and said she'll be extra cautious when out and about in the neighborhood.

"I'm scared to even walk down the street. I have to walk to my job, but that's a scary thought," Miranda said.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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