Accused, wounded killer missing after leaving hospital

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They had him. Then they lost him. An accused killer recovering from a bullet wound walked out of a Chicago hospital in February and hasn’t been seen since.

The crime took place in Gary, Ind. Dec 1. Police say three men armed with guns confronted a homeowner and demanded drugs. A battle ensued and when it was over, one man was dead and another left dying. And one of the alleged assailants was wounded.

21-year-old Mark Cherry of Lake Station had a serious gunshot wound when Gary police caught up with him near the scene.

Authorities took Cherry to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Two months later, the man charged with murder, attempted murder, criminal confinement and battery with a deadly weapon, was feeling better and left.

In a statement the hospital said, “Advocate Christ Medical Center has no police powers and, therefore, cannot legally detain a patient against his or her will. If a patient is under suspicion for a serious offense, the police department involved in the case typically posts an officer on site during the period of the hospitalization.”

But Gary police say Cherry went in in December and came out in February. They don’t have the manpower to sit on his room for two months. They also point out that they have no power to detain in the state of Illinois. They expected a heads-up from the hospital.
“The main thing is that Mark Anthony Cherry is still out on the loose. And we want him apprehended so he can stand trial,” said Cpl. Gabrielle King of the Gary Police.

Gary police asking anyone who has any information to contact them at 219-881-1214.

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