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Las Vegas police looking for mental patient suspected of killing grandfather

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Las Vegas police looking for mental patient suspected of killing grandfather

By KTNV Staff. CREATED May 6, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police are looking for an escaped mental patient who they believe killed his grandfather.

Police said 43-year-old Steven Dale Woodard escaped from facilities in Oregon and Washington and traveled to Las Vegas.

It is believed that he killed his grandfather, 91-year-old Richard Hill, Monday night at a residence in the 2800 block of Florence Avenue, near East Tropicana and South Eastern Avenues. His body was discovered around 6:50 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Clark County Coroner said Hill was stabbed to death.

Police said Woodard then made his way to another residence in the 1400 block of Cottonwood Place, near East Charleston Boulevard and South Maryland Parkway. It was there that he attempted to kill his father and his father's roommate.

His father spoke off-camera to Action News and explained how Woodard sliced his neck, which is now covered in bandages. He added that Hill was a war veteran whose wife recently passed away. He was reportedly a wonderful man who was loved by many. Additionally, he told Action News that Woodard is schizophrenic and a drug abuser.

Woodard is white, about 6 feet tall, and 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and he has brown hair and brown eyes. Police have released his driver's license photo, which was taking in March 2014, to help with identification. They said his hair is shorter now.

Woodard was last seen on foot in the area of Charleston and Maryland. Police said he is armed and dangerous.

Neighbor Perla Miranda said, "I'm scared for my life, even just walking down the street to go to my job  I don't want to go anywhere, now."

Anyone who may have seen Woodard should call 911 immediately.