Mental patient suspected in grandfather's death

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are looking for an escaped mental patient in connection with a homicide early Tuesday morning.

According to police, officers were called to a home near McLeod Drive and Hacienda Avenue just before 7 a.m. to check on a person. Officers found an elderly man dead inside the home.

During an investigation, police identified the suspect in the homicide as 43-year-old Steven Woodward, who had escaped from psychiatric hospitals in Washington and Oregon. The victim is believed to be Woodward's grandfather.

Detectives believe Woodward also tried to harm his father and his father's roommate at a separate location near Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway.

"Anytime you're dealing with somebody that kills someone with an edged weapon, in such a vicious attack and then goes pre-meditated to kill someone else, that we should all be concerned about the well being of everybody. As well as, trying to capture this person before he harms anybody else,"  Sgt. John Sheahan said.

Police are very concerned about the suspect's mental health.

"They're very unpredictable and of course that is going to add an element of danger to the apprehension of such a person because it makes our level of being able to predict what they're doing that much more difficult,"  Sgt. Sheahan said.

Woodward is described as a white man, 6 foot and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Metro says Woodward should be considered armed and dangerous.

"Do not approach this person. This person again is armed and dangerous and we have no idea what he might do," Sheahan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.


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