DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 / 10:00 PM

The Schenectady Police Department and the New York State Division of Parole are asking for the public’s assistance in locating an injured parolee who walked out of Ellis Hospital late Monday night and was seen getting into a dark brown sport utility vehicle.

Bertram Lamar Payne, 20, was recuperating at the hospital from a gunshot wound to his right hand and arm after being shot on December 2nd. At about 11:30 Monday evening, Payne – who was not in police custody – removed two intravenous fluid lines from his arm and exited the hospital onto Nott Street. A hospital staff member saw Payne enter the passing vehicle that had a white male driver and a white female passenger. The vehicle was last seen traveling south on Lowell Road toward Rugby Road. We have not located Payne, the vehicle or its occupants.

Payne is 6 feet tall, weighs 170 pounds, and has brown eyes and black hair. He has the word “Gie” prominently tattooed on the left side of his neck and the name “Mary” tattooed on the top of his right hand. Payne was last seen wearing hospital pants, a black leather jacket and a black knit cap. Payne had a large bandage on his injured arm when he left the hospital.

As a result of this incident, a parole warrant has been issued for Payne’s arrest. He is on parole for a previous drug conviction.

Anyone with information about Payne or this incident is asked to call Schenectady Police at 374-7744.