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Santa Ana mental patient escapee surrenders, back at facility

Norris Nguyen, 24, is seen in this undated file photo. Police are trying to find him after he escaped from a mental health facility in Santa Ana on Friday, May 3, 2013. Police say he is a danger to children.

May 5, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Santa Ana mental health patient, who was considered extremely dangerous because of his threats against children, has surrendered to authorities.

Friday, Santa Ana police issued an alert after Norris Phuoc Nguyen escaped from a mental health facility, where he's been committed since last year.

Authorities say he had made threats against children at a Garden Grove elementary he once attended. Saturday, Nguyen voluntarily returned to the mental health facility and was taken into custody. He told authorities that he went to a friend's house nearby.

Garden Grove police interviewed Nguyen and said it doesn't appear that he committed any crimes while he was away from the facility.