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Police find man who escaped Eastern State mental hospital, take him to jail

Monday, when the Virginia State Police said he'd escaped, they warned people that he had several known aliases. Christopher Feagin turned out to be one of them.

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. — James City County and Virginia State Police caught the man who escaped from Eastern State Hospital early Monday morning.

VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller said they caught Michael Lee Corey Malone around noon on Tuesday, who police had previously called "Christopher Feagin."

Monday, when Geller said he'd escaped, she warned people that he had several known aliases. Christopher Feagin turned out to be one of those.

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State troopers searched through the night to try to find him. 

Geller said Malone, 32, was spotted at a convenience store near the intersection of Richmond Road and Lightfoot Road.

That store is a Wawa, where a cashier told 13News Now she recognized him as the person police were searching for when he walked in and asked for money. She said she immediately notified her managers.

Her manager then called James City County Police and said that police arrested him further down the road.

State Police say officers took him into custody "without incident."

13News Now also learned Malone has a record with police. In 2016, Virginia Beach Police arrested him following multiple incidents.

"Virginia Beach Police haven't really interacted with him since it was 2016 and there was a large number of charges back then having to do with larcenies and trespassing and things of that nature," said Officer Melissa Johnston. 

Johnston says records show during Malone's time in jail, he was charged for possessing a weapon in a jail and assaulting a law enforcement official. 

Malone was charged with escaping the mental hospital, and was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail Tuesday.

It's still not clear how Malone got out of Eastern State. 13News Now reached out to the hospital leaders to learn more information, but we have not heard back.

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