'Violent' man found after leaving Jacksonville mental health facility

He was charged with attempted murder in father's 2013 stabbing, records show


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man with "violent tendencies" who walked away from a behavioral health center on the city's Southside Wednesday afternoon was found unharmed several hours later, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

About 7:15 p.m., authorities said Bamboo Flute Blanchard was taken into custody by the Jacksonville Beach Police Department after leaving court-ordered treatment at Wekiva Springs Hospital about 1 p.m.

Earlier, the Sheriff's Office in social media bulletins had stressed the importance of not approaching the 23-year-old man if he was spotted, citing a history of mental health issues and "violent tendencies."

Court records show Blanchard, a diagnosed psychotic, was found not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted first-degree murder in his father's stabbing at the family's Gainesville home in 2013.

Records also indicate he was arrested once more in October 2016 for possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

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