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Escaped Madonna stalker ‘highly psychotic,’ LAPD says

February 10, 2012 |  8:44 am

A man once convicted of stalking Madonna somehow managed to escape a state mental hospital in Norwalk -- sneaking past a guard, the gates and barbed wire to walk out of the facility.

Hospital officials could not immediately be released for comment to say what happened that led to the escape of Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, who previously served a 10-year sentence for stalking the pop star.

He wanted to marry Madonna  and threatened to kill her.

Two decades ago, Hoskins sneaked onto Madonna's property and was shot by her bodyguard.

Upon his release from prison, Hoskins was sent to Atascadero State Hospital, where he was judged to be a mentally disturbed offender.

He was later released from Atascadero, but was arrested again last July on another matter.

At that time he was sent to Metropolitan State Hospital on a civil commitment. He allegedly left the hospital sometime last week, police said.

Hoskins is described as "highly psychotic" when not taking his medication, and has very violent tendencies, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The LAPD says Madonna has been notified.

Authorities believe he may have intended to take a bus to Long Beach. He was not seen there, however, and could be in the Los Angeles area living on the streets.

-- Brandi Hitt, KTLA News