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Convicted Killer Raymond Morillo Escapes From New York Psychiatric Hospital With Friend's Help

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Raymond Morillo, a convicted killer, escaped from a psychiatric hospital in Queens, N.Y. on Tuesday by putting on the clothing worn by a friend who was visiting him. | CBS New York

Police in Tennessee captured a convicted killer who sneaked out of a New York City psychiatric hospital by swapping clothes with a friend who was visiting him.

Cops apprehended Raymond Morillo, 33, at a Memphis bus station on Thursday night, according to the New York Post.

The capture should relieve anxieties in Queens where the Daily News reported that residents feared running into the violent felon who slipped out of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center on Tuesday.

Morillo and an accomplice were convicted of slashing the throats of two men on a subway platform in 1998, according to an earlier New York Post article. While he was out on bail for that crime, a man was fatally shot during a dispute with Morillo and a group of teenagers.

Morillo completed a 14-year sentence for manslaughter and assault in December. Authorities deemed him too dangerous for release, however, and sent him to Creedmoor for further evaluations, the Daily News said.

He escaped just a few days ahead of his scheduled release.

The New York Police Department tracked his cellphone to the Grayhound terminal in Memphis and alerted authorities there, DNAinfo reported.

NYPD officers also arrested the friend who allegedly put on Morillo's hospital uniform. They charged him with criminal impersonation and obstruction of governmental administration, the Associated Press reported.

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