POLICE have captured nine juveniles who escaped from a detention facility after “overtaking prison staff” and “stealing their keys”, authorities have confirmed.
According to state trooper David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police and other agencies launched a search for the juveniles after they fled from Abraxas Academy in Morgantown at 8pm on Sunday after they “overtook two female guards”.
After 11 hours on the run, all nine of the escapees have now been taken into custody after they “were able to get the keys and then they were able to get out the side door, or one of the doors”.
“They are all going to be charged with escape,” Beohm added in a press conference Monday morning.
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How did Danelo Cavalcante evade police?
Cavalcante further revealed that he stayed in the same place for days at a time and was only moving around at night.
He hid in thick foliage to prevent his capture – even though search teams nearly found him on three separate occasions.
The escaped convict even hid his own feces with leaves to cover his tracks.
He also revealed to investigators that he stole a backpack that had a razor and was able to use that to change his appearance.
When were the remaining five captured?
The remaining five fugitives have now been captured after escaping a detention center this morning.
At 6:36 there was a report of a stolen vehicle.
Police confirmed that this vehicle was then pursued, resulting in the recapture of four of the juveniles.
One attempted to escape on foot in a field but then were also captured.
None of the juveniles resisted arrest.
Police confirmed that they will be charged for any offences committed.
How did the juveniles escape?
The juveniles managed to escape the center during a riot.
The teens overpowered two prison employees, Beohm said.
“So they were able to get the keys and then they were able to get out the side door, or one of the doors,” Beohm added.
All nine juveniles found
All nine teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania following a riot at the facility Sunday evening have been captured.
The update has been confirmed by a state police official.
Killer Danelo Cavalcante captured after prison escape
Last month, he was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend, Deborah Brandao, in front of her children in 2021, and received a life sentence.
The convict escaped from the Pennsylvania prison by crab-walking up a wall, scaling a barbed wire fence, and running across the roof of the prison without detection.
For two weeks he continued to evade police.
The intense manhunt came to an end when tactical teams unleashed a K9 that bit Cavalcante and led to his arrest.
Where were four juveniles captured?
Four of the escaped juveniles were captured about 2.5 miles away from Abraxas Academy in Morgantown, according to David Beohm, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police troop.
The juvenile facility is about 15 miles west of South Coventry Township, where escaped murder convict Danilo Cavalcante was captured last week after escaping.
The Twin Valley School District’s statement
The district wrote on Facebook: “Given the ongoing situation with Abraxas Academy, the District will be closing all schools and offices today, September 18th, out of an abundance of caution.
“In addition, all after-school and evening activities, including this evening’s Board Meeting, will be cancelled(sic). The Board Meeting will be rescheduled.”
Schools will be closed
Residents from Morgantown have been told to remain vigilant as multiple alerts were sent out.
Officials are asking people near Interstate 76 and Route 10 to call 911 if they see the remaining five escapees.
The Twin Valley School District, located roughly six miles from Abraxas, said in a statement that all schools and offices will be closed Monday as the search continues.
Staff were injured during riots
The nine juveniles were able to escape during a riot at the detention center.
Law enforcement took back over the juvenile center after the riot, according to Pennsylvania State Police. There are reported injuries to staff as a result of the incident.
What could the escaped juveniles be wearing?
The Caernarvon Township Police Department said the escapees were wearing white or gray T-shirts.
Five remain at large and police have advised the public to call 911 if they encounter them.
Police are on the hunt for five juveniles after nine escaped a detention facility shortly after a riot broke out, authorities have said.
According to state trooper David Beohm, Pennsylvania State Police and other agencies launched a search for the juveniles after they fled from Abraxas Academy at around 8pm on Sunday.
After almost 10 hours on the run, four of the escapees have now been taken into custody on Oak Grove Road.