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Juvenile escapees back in custody
By Staff Reports
Feb 11, 2013, 14:56

Four juveniles escaped from the Crater Juvenile Detention Center on Rt. 460 in Prince George County on Saturday evening.

Captain Brian Kei with the Prince George Police Department said a riot broke out at the detention center which led to two staff members being assaulted.

The Prince George Police Department received a panic call just before 9 p.m. for the riot. Two staff members were taken to Southside Regional Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries sustained during the assault.

Kei said it appeared the detainees were able to escape either because of a broken window, or they had obtained some keys from a staff member.

The police department is still investigating as to whether or not the escaped detainees took part in the assault of the staff members.

“Something like this is rare,” Kei said.

Sunday morning at around 7:30 a.m. a citizen driving in the 10000 block of Prince George Drive was flagged down by four males asking for help. Knowing a search was underway for four escapees from the Crater Juvenile Detention Center, the citizen fled the area and contacted police.

Arriving officers canvassed the area and located a residence that appeared to have been burglarized. Officers conducted a search of the home and located four juveniles inside and confirmed they were the escapees from Crater Detention Center. At the time of the break-in, the homeowner was out of town. The juveniles have been charged with felony escape and potentially face additional charges from last night’s incident as well as the burglary from this morning.

County leaders to include the Board of Supervisors, County Administrator, Mr. Percy Ashcraft, and the Police Department would like to thank all of the participating agencies and vigilant citizens who contributed in the search and capture of the four escapees.

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