Sexual predator escapes Parsons State Hospital treatment program

Sexual Predator Treatment Program resident Randy Snodgrass, a 58-year-old white male, was being transported by a Parsons State Hospital and Training Center staff member earlier today when he escaped on foot. 

Local law enforcement and EMS responded to the scene. A hospital staff member was transported to a local hospital where she was treated and released this afternoon. 

“The priority for us right now is the safety of our hospital staff and of the general public.  Officials at the hospital are working very closely with local law enforcement to ensure this resident is apprehended quickly and without further incident,” said Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services Secretary Laura Howard. “I am in constant contact with the superintendent at Parsons and am actively monitoring the situation.” 

Snodgrass is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 195 pounds and was last seen wearing a black hoodie and black pants.  Labette County Emergency Management has issued a “Be on The Lookout” through its code red notification system and is instructing the public to not approach, call 911.  Snodgrass is considered armed and dangerous.