- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 28, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Three handcuffed teenagers from the Oak Hill detention facility escaped from an unlocked emergency exit of a transport bus yesterday morning as they were being taken to D.C. Superior Court. They were captured almost immediately.

Each youth, wearing a shirt that was color-coded for his unit at Oak Hill in Laurel, leaped through the emergency door at 17th and East Capitol streets Northeast at about 8 a.m. The door is left unlocked so it can be used in an emergency.

Hindered by handcuffs, two of the three — a 16-year-old and a 18-year-old — were quickly caught by two correctional officers in an alley about a block away. The third, a 17-year-old, was captured about an hour later at 17th and C streets Northeast as he tried to board a Metro bus.

All three youths were then taken to Superior Court and arrived before each of their cases was called.

“They were late, but they did appear in court as scheduled,” said LaShon Seastrunk, information officer for the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.

D.C. police and the District’s attorney general will decide if the three youths should be charged with the escape, said Miss Seastrunk. Regulations forbid the release of the youths’ names and the charges filed against them.

Oak Hill is one of two youth facilities operated by the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, which focuses on rehabilitating youths for return to law-abiding lives in their home communities.

Arlo Wagner


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