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Killer Was Days From Release When He Escaped Psychiatric Facility, DA Says

By Aidan Gardiner | January 31, 2014 9:02am
 Raymond Morillo, 33, escaped Creedmor Psychiatric Facility days before he was going to be released, officials said.
Raymond Morillo, 33, escaped Creedmor Psychiatric Facility days before he was going to be released, officials said.
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Office of Mental Health and the Memphis Police Department

QUEENS — Now that's crazy.

A convicted killer was just four days away from his release when he dipped out of a Queens Village psychiatric facility with the help of friends only to be re-arrested in Tennessee Wednesday night, officials said.

Raymond Morillo, 33, was being held in the Creedmoor Psychiatric Facility for a 60-day period prescribed by prison psychiatrists following a 14-year sentence for manslaughter, according to prison records and the criminal complaint against his alleged accomplices.

He was due for release Friday, but on Tuesday morning his girlfriend and another friend helped him walk through a locked buzzer system and out of Creedmoor, prosecutors said.

The NYPD was able to track his cellphone to the Memphis area and alerted local police, who arrested him inside a Greyhound bus terminal across from the city's international airport Wednesday about 10:30 p.m., sources said.

He was awaiting extradition to New York Friday morning and was not immediately charged, the NYPD said.

Morillo had finished serving time at the Marcy Correctional Facility for his 1999 manslaughter conviction until December, when psychiatrists sent him to Creedmoor for 60 days starting Dec. 2, prosecutors said.

Morillo was committed under the state's two-physician regulation and a court order is required for the state to keep him beyond the 60-day period.

It was unclear if a court order had been sought and a spokesman for the Office of Mental Health, which runs Creedmoor and had custody of Morillo, declined to give details about his sentence and cited privacy concerns.

Morillo's 32-year-old girlfriend, Victoria Ramirez, and another friend, Ronal Pacheco, 35, regularly visited him and pulled off their escape scheme Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Pacheco gave his scarf and visitor pass to Morillo, who then turned around and walked out with his girlfriend, prosecutors said.

Pacheco then told a security guard that he lost his pass and the guard gave him a new one, prosecutors said.

Ramirez and Pacheco were arrested hours later in Queens, court records show.

They were both charged with burglary, criminal impersonation, and obstructing governmental administration, court records show.