Police: Rape Suspect Fails In Hospital Escape Attempt

Police say a rape suspect tried to escape, only to be caught when he fell through ceiling tiles in the hospital emergency room.

Charged with second degree rape and attempted escape from custody is Mariah Snook of Beaufort.

Beaufort police say Snook is a relative of the victim and the rape happened at her mother's home. Police were alerted to the rape after the victim went to the hospital. They then went to the home and say they found Snook hiding under insulation in the attic.

After getting a search warrant, investigators took Snook to Carteret General Hospital to collect evidence from his body.

While dressing they say Snook climbed into the ceiling and tried to escape. He was caught when police say he fell through the ceiling tiles onto the floor of the room next door.

Snook is in the Carteret County jail on $250,000 bond.


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  • by Scott (Not MARIAH) LOL Location: Maleville on Jan 27, 2009 at 12:15 PM
    Is this guy's name really MARIAH? LOL LOL ROFL LOL For real? Why don't somebody clarify if this is his real name! LOL LOL Could that really be his real name? LOL LOL ROFL I can't imagine that any male would really be called MARIAH! LOL LOL Do you reckon he has a brother named SHANIAH? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL ROFL ROFL LOL LOL
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 27, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Ted...its a joke. No one said that is what they were, JUST what it looks like. Relax.
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2009 at 06:58 AM
    While I can't be certain, what some have referred to as "floaties" appear similar to the smocks worn by inmates who are on suicide precautions. I'd also like to amend my earlier comments regarding the whereabouts of officers while this joker tried to make his escape. Working for the Dept. of Correction on more than one occasion I’ve seen local media report on a story like this and have it so bassackwards it becomes a lot more than it was. Knowing the media, and not having been there myself I’ll give the officers the benefit of a doubt.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Jan 27, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    I wonder if he will get his incident on John Boy and Billy's Dumb crook news. It is funny how he has a girl name. hahaha!
  • by B Location: work on Jan 27, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    Yep it looks like he has arm floaties on! :o) WHAT AN IDIOT!
  • by Leigh Location: eastern nc on Jan 26, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    I'm a nurse and I have taken care of prisoners in a hospital setting many times. I know that there is supposed to be atleast 1 officer with the prisoner at all times. There is no privacy. They are usually shackled by one ankle and one wrist to the bed. There are usually 2 officers with hospitalized prisoners.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jan 26, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    Maybe he was auditioning for an appearance on one of the TV shows about the world's dumbest criminals.
  • by J Location: Gville on Jan 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM
    Is it just me, or does it look like he has swimmies / floaties on? lol
  • by Buzz Location: Mbx on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    To I agree please! do not fill us in on those places where people can hide contraban, I'm sure our imaginations will fill in the blanks, yuk. Buzz
  • by Paul Location: Greenville on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    Lock him up and throw away the key. He is less than useless. We are all better off with him put away.
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