Escaped juveniles back behind bars

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - Two teenage inmates are back behind bars tonight in Powhatan County after trying to make a dash for freedom. They escaped from Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center around 3:30pm. The two 17 year old inmates were on the run for about 3 hours but in that time authorities made sure they didn't get too far.

Anxious neighbors watched as correctional officers lined the neighboring streets on the lookout.

"It's a little scary because grandma is at home with the little ones," said Wayne Shelton who lives near the facility. "I'm worried about her but I made it in and let her know to lock all the doors."

The teens were caught within a few hours. Multiple agencies were called in to assist and thanks to help from the public authorities were able to narrow their search area and make the arrest.

"We were contacted by a resident that the two juveniles were seen running through her backyard," said Sargent Thomas Molnar of the Viriginia State Police Department. "She contacted the Sheriff's Office so we could tighten up our perimeter."

The tip led officers here to this vicinity right in front of a home. They were able to capture those 2 teens behind the woods next to a pond that is a mile away from the correctional facility where they first escaped.

"They do a pretty good job of finding escapees and this is the first I've heard that anybody has escaped from the juvenile," said neighbor, April Riley.

Once captured, the teens were taken back to the correctional facility. Their names and description are not being released at this time because they are underage. Authorities tell NBC 12 that they did not pose an immediate threat to the public.

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