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Elderly Man and Wanted Man Who Fled From Hospital Found

Dennis Lee and Donald Bannon (photos courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Department)

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department the wanted man who fled a Noblesville hospital and the elderly man who gave him a ride have been found.

Sheriff Mark Bowen says Dennis Lee and 78-year-old Donald Bannon were found in the area of 38th Street and Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis around 7:45 Friday night.  Deputies were concerned for Bannon's safety after he offered Lee a ride around 3:30 p.m. and had not been heard from since that time.

Deputies say Lee left the hospital shortly before 1:00 p.m. Friday while still in his gown and with an I-V in his arm.  Lee was being treated at the hospital for a heroin overdose and is suspected of having a serious drug problem.  He also has three outstanding warrants in Hamilton County for possession of a controlled substance, theft and failure to appear.

After leaving the hospital, Lee got a ride to the South Harbor area in Noblesville.  Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Lee approached an elderly couple at their home in the 1900 block of Sheridan Road asking for a ride to a friend's house in Westfield.  Bannon offered to give Lee the ride and left without his cell phone.

Lee was taken into custody.  Sheriff Bowen says it does not appear that Bannon was being held against his will or that any crimes had been committed against him. 

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