Elderly man, wanted man found safe on NE side

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities have found a wanted man who escaped from a local hospital and the elderly man who was feared to be in danger.

Police were concerned about 78-year-old Donald Bannon, who had not been seen or heard from since he offered to give a ride to 28-year-old Dennis Lee around 3:30 p.m., officials with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department said.

The pair was found near 38th Street and Keystone Avenue just before 8 p.m., police said. Lee was taken into custody and Bannon did not appear to be harmed.

Officials said it appeared that in exchange for providing him with a ride, Lee was attempting to help Bannon fix the brakes on his truck.

Authorities were initially concerned after Lee left the intensive care unit at Riverview Hospital, still in his gown and with an IV in his arm, around 1 p.m.

Lee was being treated for a heroin overdose. Once he left, a driver took him to the South Harbor area in Noblesville, police said.

Police said Lee then approached an elderly couple at their home in the 1900 block of Sheridan Road and asked for a ride to a friend’s house in Westfield just before 3:30 p.m.

Bannon’s wife said he offered to give Lee a ride. Bannon left the house without his cellphone and had not been heard from since.

Police said Bannon’s credit cards had been used in Noblesville and Indianapolis since they left.

Lee had three outstanding warrants for his arrest and is suspected of having a serious drug problem, officials said.

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