A man who has threatened young children and is obsessed by the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School escaped from a mental health facility in Orange County Friday, and police were warning the public to be on the lookout for him.
Garden Grove police said Norris Phuoc Nguyen, 23, poses a danger to the community, police said.
Garden Grove Police Chief Kevin Raney said Nguyen walked away at 4:45 p.m. from Royale Health Care Center at Bristol Street and Warner Avenue in Santa Ana, where he had been detained since December 2012.
Authorities became familiar with Nguyen, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and repeatedly detained and institutionalized, in August 2011. At that time, he walked into the Westminster Police Department in dressed in camouflage and holding an assault rifle, saying he wanted to “die by cop,” Raney said.
The weapon was not loaded, the chief said, adding that Nguyen did not have a permit for the firearm.
Nguyen was questioned, and police found he was fixated on a teacher at a Garden Grove elementary school that he had attended, Raney said, declining to name the school.