MOUNT GRETNA, Pa. (WHTM) – An 18-year-old man who took a 21-year-old patient from a Lebanon County mental health care facility at gunpoint had been in a romantic relationship with her, the woman’s mother said.
Jacqueline Shay says her daughter, Alicia Buzzard, dated Elliott Ravert for about a month. Shay says Ravert was kind and caring, but she forced the couple to end their relationship about two weeks ago when she learned they had been intimate.
Shay says after that, Ravert seemed like he was getting obsessed with Buzzard.
“When we put her in the hospital, we knew they he would try to go see her,” she said.
Shay says her daughter has several mental illnesses, the social skills of a 12-year-old, and is incapable of living on her own.
“She’s not street smart,” she said. “She’s not used to this running around. She’s been sheltered for most of her life.”
Ravert, of Narvon, is accused of removing Buzzard from Philhaven in West Cornwall Township. Police said he demanded to see her Tuesday evening and then pulled a handgun and threatened to shoot two nurses if they didn’t open the locked unit where she was housed.
Police were still looking for them on Thursday.
“I don’t know if she’s scared or if she was threatened,” Shay said. “I don’t know if she really wants to be there. No one knows.”
Police have an arrest warrant for Ravert. He is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats.
“If he has a gun, I am very scared that he will pull that gun and they’ll be shot,” Shay said. “I’m very scared of that.”
Ravert found Buzzard fled the hospital in a green 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck, police said. The truck had a Pennsylvania license plate of ZGY-3594, but investigators have reason to believe Ravert changed it.
Anyone with information on the pair’s whereabouts is asked to call Cornwall police at (717) 274-2071.