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Wanted sex offender escapes Colonial Regional police custody

BATH, Pa. - Colonial Regional police are searching for a sex offender after he escaped their custody while at a hospital.

According to police, James Pratola, 38, of Danielsville, was pulled over on S. Walnut Street in Bath around noon on Monday, May 29, for an expired inspection sticker.

Police say Pratola initially provided two different identities, neither of which belonged to him, until his wife who was also in the car, told them his name.

Officers then learned Pratola has an active warrant out of New Jersey for failing to register as a sex offender.

While at CRPD headquarters, police say Pratola suffered a medical episode and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Pratola then escaped the hospital and has not been seen since.

Pratola is wanted on the warrant out of New Jersey as well as unsworn falsifications, false ID to law enforcement, DUI suspended driver, and inspection infraction charges in Pennsylvania.

Anyone with knowledge of Pratola’s whereabouts is urged to call CRPD at 610-861-4820 or 610-759-2200.


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