LSO finds Regional Center escapee in Lincoln

Pavel Kislyak, 45, escaped from custody on Monday, July 8. (Source: KOLN / Lancaster County Corrections)
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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has detained an inmate who escaped from the Regional Center in Lincoln earlier Monday.

According to Lincoln Police, at 5:31 p.m., 44-year-old Pavel M. Kislyak scaled a fence and escaped from the Lincoln Regional Center at 801 W Prospect Place. Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and searched the area surrounding the Lincoln Regional Center.

Police said at 9:48 p.m. a passerby reported seeing a person wearing all blue walking down the side of the road westbound on Old Cheney and S 1st Street. The witness believed the person could be the escapee.

Officers located Pavel near Hwy 77 and Warlick Blvd. Police said Pavel complied with the officer’s commands and was taken into custody without incident, and was transported back to the Lincoln Regional Center where he was turned over to the Nebraska State Patrol for processing.

This search involved multiple law enforcement agencies including the Nebraska State Patrol, the Lancaster County Sheriff, and the Lincoln Police Department. Multiple K9 handlers, the NSP helicopter, and dozens of officers searched for approximately three hours. As officers combed the area, dispatchers fielded calls from concerned citizens providing tips on Pavel’s whereabouts while also maintaining public safety services to the rest of Lincoln. Police said media alerts were crucial in getting information to the public that ultimately led to his capture.

"Thank you to all the citizens of Lincoln who were impacted by this incident and helped by calling law enforcement with tips on his whereabouts," Officer Angela Sands said.

Online court documents show Kislyak with a lengthy criminal record. In March 2019, he was booked into Lancaster County Jail on charges of terroristic threats and assault of a health care professional.

According to the probable cause affidavit, officers were sent to 70th Street and Wedgewood on March 2 on reports of a man threatening passerby's with a knife. Once officers arrived, the document says they found Kislyak with a fixed blade knife. He's reported to have put the knife in a bag and started walking away. He eventually stopped, but officers needed to deploy tasers after he refused their commands.

One victim report states Kislyak was yelling obscenities at cars and even made jabbing motions while holding the knife in his hand. Because of the taser, Kislyak was taken to Bryan Health West, where he's accused of kicking a nurse in the forearm.

Two weeks later, Kislyak was ruled not competent to stand trial and admitted to the Lincoln Regional Center, where he'd been ever since.

A court filing from June 21 shows Kislyak was refusing to take his anti-psychotic medication as prescribed, and needed to do so in order to be competent to stand trial. Lancaster County Judge Laurie Yardley ordered the involuntary administration of anti-psychotic medications and set a review hearing for December 20.