Two sleeping teen-age fugitives were caught Monday morning snoozing on a relative’s porch in Westwood after escaping from a juvenile facility in neighboring DeKalb County over the weekend.
The teen boys, whose names were not released by police because they are 17, have been charged with escape from juvenile custody along with an additional count of burglary. A third juvenile, said to be the girlfriend of one of the fugitives, has been charged with aiding and abetting escape. Police believe at least two other people may have helped the boys elude custody.
“She knows who the other two are but she’s taking all the blame herself,” said McMinnville Police Sgt. Lisa Norris regarding the girl who transported the youths to McMinnville from DeKalb County.
According to preliminary reports, the boys, one of whom hails from Warren County, were being held at a juvenile facility in neighboring DeKalb County after being sentenced to state custody for various juvenile offenses. At some point over the weekend, the boys escaped the low-security facility through a window and were reportedly picked up by the girl.
It was a short time later the boys ended up in Warren County where they broke into the home of the local youth’s parents, stealing cash and other items. It is believed some of the stolen money was used to pay off those who had given them assistance and a ride from DeKalb County. Charges have been filed for breaking into the home.
After the burglary, the boys went to the home of the local youth’s aunt where they fell asleep on her back porch. When she awoke to find the snoozing youths, she reported their whereabouts. Police, who knew the boys would likely try to run, surrounded the house as the boys slept and were able to sneak up on them and take them into custody.
“We knew they’d try to run so we had a lot of cars parked all around and officers to keep them from getting away,” Norris said, adding police are still trying to identify the remaining conspirators in the escape.