Public's Help Sought in Finding Patient From Convalescent Home

Police sought the public's help Tuesday in finding a mentally disabled 50-year-old man who wandered away from a convalescent home in Watts, a police spokeswoman said.

Apolino Contreras, who has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, walked out of the Fountain Gardens convalescent home, 2222 S. Santa Ana Blvd., at about 2:15 p.m. Monday, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Evy Arocho.

Contreras' caretaker couldn't find him in the convalescent home and called police, she said. Residents reported seeing Contreras walking east on 110th Street from Wilmington Avenue at about 5:30 p.m., she said.

Contreras was described as Latino, with black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet 6 and 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a beige sweater, a white and maroon shirt, blue khaki pants and orange tennis shoes.

Contreras' nickname is "Tortillas," and he is wearing a plastic identification bracelet with his name and address on it, Arocho said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (213) 485-6914.

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