The search is underway for the men who escaped from Eastern State Hospital

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — Authorities now say one of two convicted felons who escaped from a mental hospital in Virginia on Easter Sunday has been apprehended.

According to Sgt. Michelle Anaya with the Virginia State Police.

Anaya said Leigh, who had outstanding drug warrants in Chesapeake, was arrested by Chesapeake police at 5:45 p.m.

Leigh told police he did not know Wilkerson or where he might be.

He is being held without bail at the Chesapeake City Jail.

“State and local law enforcement agencies are still actively searching for Wilkerson and are still seeking the public’s assistance with any information leading to his capture,” Anaya wrote.

Virginia State Police

Austin Preston Leigh and Bryant Marcus Wilkerson

Wilkerson is wanted for a criminal probation violation and also has a warrant to escape from a mental institution.

Anaya previously said the pair were considered armed and dangerous.

Eastern State Hospital, located about 45 minutes southeast of Richmond, is the country’s first psychiatric hospital and dates back to 1773. It is one of five public psychiatric hospitals in the Commonwealth.

Last month, a man escaped from Central State Hospital in Dinwiddie County for the second time in less than three years. Central State, which opened in 1870, was the first mental institution in the United States for African Americans. This hospital was incorporated in 1968 and now houses the only maximum-security mental health unit in the state, according to the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services website.

If you have seen Wilkerson or have any whereabouts information, call Virginia State Police at 757-424-6800, #77 on your cell or email the troopers at [email protected] .gov.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email ne[email protected] to send a tip.

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Lillian L. Pena