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Man once jailed for stalking Madonna escapes from mental hospital

February 10, 2012 |  5:36 am

Robert Dewey Hoskins and Madonna

Police on Friday were searching for a man who escaped from a Los Angeles-area mental hospital and who once served a 10-year sentence for stalking Madonna, officials said.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54,  "is a very psychotic man when not taking his medication and has very violent tendencies," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Hoskins allegedly left the Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk last week.

Hoskins served a 10-year prison sentence after he was convicted in 1996 of stalking and threatening Madonna, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

During the trial, Madonna testified that she had nightmares about someone trying to harm her because of the stalking incident.  As she testified, a prosecutor asked Madonna how she felt.

"Sick to my stomach," she responded. "I feel incredibly disturbed that the man who repeatedly threatened my life is sitting across the room from me. I feel we are making his fantasies come true."

After Hoskins was released from state prison, he had an additional run-in with police that resulted in his arrest and placement at the state hospital in Norwalk, the LAPD said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Charles Dempsey at (213) 996 1300.


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Photo: Robert Dewey Hoskins and Madonna. Credit: LAPD and Associated Press