LYNN, Mass. (WHDH) – There was an increased police presence at Union Hospital in Lynn Saturday following an attempted escape by a prisoner who was receiving treatment.

The prisoner, whose name was not released, was able to break off the bed railing he was cuffed to about 7:40 a.m. As he tried to flee the building, he was confronted by two officers and tried to grab one of their guns during a struggle, police said.

A source provided 7News with the message sent to hospital staffers warning of the incident – which said things like run, hide, fight.

There was some confusion as to whether the prisoner was armed, according to police, but they said the prisoner never had a weapon.

No officers were injured. The prisoner, who was arrested on charges related to a recent home invasion, will now face additional charges.

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