Hetty Chang, Kevin Dahlgren
Police were looking Monday for a man who was allowed to leave a mental health clinic, despite threatening children. Authorities say 40-year-old Frank Edmonds, also known as Dee Robinson, is extremely violent and an imminent threat to the public. Hetty Chang reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 20, 2013.
An ex-convict who police have labeled as "extremely violent" and an "imminent public threat" is on the loose, police said on Monday.
Frank Edward Edmonds, 40, who also goes by Russell Robinson and Dee Robinson, was released from UCLA Harbor General Mental Health Facility on May 6, said Capt. James Madia, with the Inglewood Police Department.
According to police, while there, Edmonds allegedly made several disturbing comments to staff that he was thinking about killing school children and then ending his life in a suicide-by-cop scenario.
Edmonds has a long criminal history, including assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and a pending battery case, according to authorities.
"He has a significant criminal history, including acts of violence towards police officers," Madia said.
Police could not comment on the circumstances of Edmonds’ stay at UCLA Harbor General, nor could the hospital, but Edmonds may have checked himself into the facility or may have been brought there. He was released because he no longer met the county requirements to stay there, according to police.
"We don't know what the circumstances of his release were, but we were notified as a courtesy from Los Angeles County Public Health that we should know about it," Madia said.
Police have been looking for Edmonds since May 7. He is believed to be a resident of Inglewood with ties to the Compton area.
Inglewood Unified School District issued an urgent alert to parents May 15 informing them of a non-specific and indirect threat to school-aged children in the greater Los Angeles Area.
Edmonds has an active warrant for obstruct/resist arrest on which is he on three years formal probation.
Edmonds is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 180 pounds and has several tattoos on his right and left hands and arms, chest, back, abdomen and neck.
He is a registered student at Southwest LA College, according to police.