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  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland holds a photograph of her son Nicholas Caroleo when he was a teenager. "We have tried everything to get him help, but nothing has worked. Nothing," she said.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland reaches down to pet her cat Michael on the front porch of her colonial home. Her son, Nicholas Caroleo is out there somewhere, and "his head is not right," his mother said in a lengthy interview in an elegant home in which every room features a family photo or two. "We have tried everything to get him help, but nothing has worked. Nothing," she said. "I've cried and cried and cried for 12 years. I don't cry anymore." Since his discharge from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas he has left chilling voice messages and threatening texts. After reading the text, the Caroleos filed a restraining order and contacted a relative who is a police officer for protection. The last time they heard from Nicholas, about three weeks ago in a telephone call from Florida, he ranted at his father and demanded money. The next day, Robert Caroleo suffered a mild heart attack. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland says she is not letting down her guard as she obtained a court protective order against her son Nicholas Caroleo who has left a series of chilling voice messages and sent text messages threatening the lives of her and her husband Robert. Every day, his mother said in a recent interview, she braces for the possibility of Nicholas showing up at the family's pristine colonial-style home, which is perched on a street of towering oak trees and manicured lawns studded with American flags. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland listens to chilling phone messages from her son Nicholas Caroleo, 32, cursing his family and threatening to kill family and friends. A former light-hearvyweight professional boxer who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder had left the messages after being discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. He is believed to be in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but Pat and Robert Caroleo obtained a court protective order against their son. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Nicholas Caroleo, (pictured at right)once had star potential as an athlete, his mother Pat Caroleo said, showing off pictures, trophies and testimonials from coaches that she keeps in albums and boxes in the basement. Nicholas was a star pitcher in youth baseball. A quarterback in football. A boxer who turned pro and has two technical knockouts to his credit. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD. PHOTO CURTESY OF THE CAROLEO FAMILY
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland shows off a room with memorabilia highlighting trophies and awards her son Nicholas Caroleo garnered throughout his childhood. Her eyes fill with tears as she explains what a great athlete he was. "He was a natural athlete like you wouldn't believe," she said. But somewhere along the line, his mind began to falter. After he attempted suicide at 16, she said, her son made his first trip to a mental facility. Between periods of stability, during which he complex a 4-1 pro boxing record including two technical knockouts, he has been in and out of jails and hospitals in cities all over the country, his mother said. Now she has a court ordered restraining order against him after receiving threatening phone and text messages. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Pat Caroleo, 69, of La Plata, Maryland has a house full of family pictures including those of her her son Nicholas Caroleo, bottom right. Nicholas was a star pitcher in youth baseball. A quarterback in football. A boxer who turned pro and has three technical knockouts to his credit. "He was a natural athlete like you wouldn't believe," she said. But somewhere along the line, his mind began to falter. After he attempted suicide at 16, she said, her son made his first trip to a mental facility. Between periods of stability, he has been in and out of jails and hospitals in cities all over the country, his mother said. Photo taken June 04, 2013 in La Plata, MD.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, said he has suffered from mental illnesses diagnosed as bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder since he was a teenager. He was shipped back form Las Vegas to the Capital City about 18 months ago and has been living in a boarding house in Sacramento for the past few weeks. His mother who lives in Elk Grove has a restraining order against him. He is among a constellation of patients who wound up inside Rawson-Neal Psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas and for varied reasons were shipped out of state on buses. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, explains his tattoos on his biceps as 2 Moons of God" (with the Celtic Cross) on his right bicep; and a "vortex" which he described as "Whispers on the wind" on the left. Soules insists he is "clean," describing himself as a "Christian meth addict," trying to get his life together. He has suffered from mental illnesses diagnosed as bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder since he was a teenager. These illnesses, along with his addiction to methamphetamines and other substances, have caused him to "act out," he said. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, says he suffers from mental illnesses diagnosed as bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. He depends on a strict regimen of medication to maintain stability. When he was discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas he was given medication but threw them away before getting on the bus headed for Sacramento. He said he believed they were spiked with heroin. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, drags on a cigarette while framed by a broken screen door outside a dingy boarding home where he now lives in South Sacramento. His medical records, which the Bee reviewed with his permission, show Soules was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital with "active paranoia" and auditory and visual hallucinations of people following him and wanting to kill him. He was discharged two weeks later, the records show , in "stable but guarded" condition. He said he had no identification, no phone and no money when he left Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, demonstrates his kick boxing moves that he uses to defend himself in the backyard of a South Sacramento boarding home. He was one of about 500 patients discharged from Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital with a one-way Greyhound ticket out of Las Vegas to California and among 19 to the city of Sacrament since July 2008, according to the Bee's investigation. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, says he has suffered from mental illnesses diagnosed as bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder since he was a teenager. These illnesses, along with his addiction to methamphetamines and other substances, have caused him to "act out," he said. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, disappeared to paint his face with shaving cream. When he returned he rapped and danced near the broken down doorway and shattered glass window of a South Sacramento boarding home where he now lives. On April 30, officers detained Soules after they found him 'yelling and cursing at people in the streets' in Old Town Elk Grove, said police spokesman Christopher Trim. "Officers determined he was off his meds and unable to care for himself." He ended up at Heritage Oaks, a private psychiatric hospital, and now lives in a south Sacramento boarding home where he struggles to remain sober and stay on his psychiatric medications. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, disappeared to paint his face with shaving cream. When he returned he rapped and danced near the broken down doorway and shattered glass window of a South Sacramento boarding home where he now lives. On April 30, officers detained Soules after they found him 'yelling and cursing at people in the streets' in Old Town Elk Grove, said police spokesman Christopher Trim. "Officers determined he was off his meds and unable to care for himself." He ended up at Heritage Oaks, a private psychiatric hospital, and now lives in a south Sacramento boarding home where he struggles to remain sober and stay on his psychiatric medications. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, brushes shaving cream out of his beard after rapping and dancing at a south Sacramento Boarding home. "People are trying to killme," Joshua Soules told a social worker after he arrived at the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric hospital in May of 2011. "I see invisible people that you can't see." Two weeks later, Soules left the facility with a bus ticket to Sacramento , near his mother's home in Elk Grove. The trip should have taken about 15 hours. Instead it turned into a three-day odyssey. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Joshua Soules, 25, of Sacramento, did receive several psychiatric medications before leaving Rawson-Neal Psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas, but "I threw them away before getting on the bus," he recalled. He believed they were spiked with heroin, he said. He now roams the streets near the south Sacramento boarding home where he lives. Since returning from Las Vegas, Soules has been detained by Elk Grove police at least eight times, for offenses ranging from public intoxication to disorderly conduct, records show. Photo taken May 21, 2013 in Sacramento, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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