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Man arrested for threatening Madonna escapes LA mental hospital

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A man once convicted of threatening to kill Madonna walked away from his L.A. mental hospital last week, and the LAPD is still searching for him.

Los Angeles police say Robert Dewey Hoskins left a state hospital where he had been committed last year.

"Hoskins is a very psychotic man when not taking his medication and has very violent tendencies," the LAPD said in a news release on Thursday.

Hoskins served a 10-year prison sentence for stalking and threatening Madonna, and court records show he was convicted of vandalism in July 2011. The singer testified against him during his 1996 trial.

"He had a really crazy look in his eyes and he was staring at me in a very strange way," said Madonna during the trial, reported the Los Angeles Times in 1996.

She closed her eyes as she described an encounter with Hoskins: "I said something like, 'It looks like the freaks are out today.' I said it in a half-joking manner, but I was actually very disturbed about the look in his eye."

Hoskins also threatened her then-secretary Caresse Henry, saying he could "slice her throat from ear to ear" and kill everybody in the house if she didn't let him see Madonna.

Police say they have searched areas where Hoskins may try to go, including Long Beach.