Various law enforcement authorities are warning the public to be on the lookout for an escaped sexual predator.
The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office said 42-year-old John Freeman Colt walked out of the Sexual Predator Treatment Program at Larned State Hospital on June 30, at 7:09 a.m. Colt’s escape was captured on video.
John Freeman Colt had shaved his beard, changed his hair and used a fraudulent identity badge, reading “C JONES” to get through the security checkpoint.
A driver picked up a person matching Colt’s description and he was reported to be taken to the City of Larned and dropped off at a Kwik Shop.
Colt was seen leaving Kwik Shop, walking northbound on Broadway around 11:10 a.m., that same day.
Colt is 5’6, 200 pounds with blue eyes and short brown hair.
He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray dress shirt, black dress pants and a dark face mask.
Colt has a tattoo on his upper left arm with the initials BH.
He may still be wearing the badge and carrying a cell phone.
“The Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office, along with dispatch and Larned Police Department were not notified of the escape until 12:47 p.m.,” said the Pawnee Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post. “We understand your worry and frustrations.”
In 2001, Colt was convicted of aggravated sexual battery against a woman in Topeka and was declared a sexually violent predator in 2006.
The Kansas Offender Registry lists Colt’s primary address as the Larned State Hospital.
The Pawnee County Sheriff has activated the local farmers alert and the Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation have also been notified.
This active case now includes other agencies.
John Freeman Colt should be considered dangerous.
People are told to call the Pawnee Sheriff’s Office at 620-285-2211, the Larned PD at 620-285-8545 or 911 should they have any information that can lead to identifying and capturing John Freeman Colt.