Broward County

Prisoner on psychiatric hold on the loose in Pembroke Pines

A prisoner on psychiatric hold jumped the fence and escaped a state hospital on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Leandro Guimaraes, 32, was under a court-ordered psychiatric hold at South Florida State Hospital, located at 800 E. Cypress Dr., Pembroke Pines police said.

Guimaraes leapt over a fence on the west side of the hospital grounds around 5 p.m. Police said he suffers from schizophrenia and has a “violent history” and a criminal record that includes arrests for burglary and robbery.

Guimaraes, who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, was last seen wearing gray pants, a green sweatshirt and a green-and-white University of Miami hat.

Police said to call 911 and use caution if someone spots Guimaraes.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Pembroke Pines Police Department at 954-431-2200, email to, or call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

Alex Harris: 305-376-5005, @harrisalexc