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Authorities continue search for 1 McLaughlin Youth Center juvenile after escape

One juvenile has been apprehended by the Anchorage Police Department
Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 5:42 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A juvenile has been captured, one turned himself in and authorities are continuing the search for another juvenile after three escaped from the McLaughlin Youth Center on Sunday.

According to a state press release, the juveniles were being escorted by a staff member through a secure outdoor section between units when they assaulted the staff member and unsuccessfully tried to steal keys and a radio. The staff member called a coworker for help after getting away from the juveniles.

The staff member is expected to fully recover after receiving medical treatment.

At the time of the escape, MYC staff were unable to find the juveniles on the campus. The Anchorage Police Department is now assisting in the investigation.

Juvenile records are confidential, therefore the identities of the youth cannot be released. The means of escape from the secured section are being investigated by the Division of Juvenile Justice. The department has released the ages of the two juveniles when both were still being searched for; one is 16 and another is 17.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, afternoon, the Department of Health and Social Services confirmed that one of the juveniles has been apprehended by APD.

On Thursday, Sept. 10, DHSS confirmed with Alaska’s News Source that a second juvenile was in custody. The 17-year-old turned himself in that afternoon at MYC after being convinced by a family member.

The remaining juvenile, 16 years old, is still at large.

DHSS said it is not concerned that the youth will spread COVID-19 after an outbreak of cases was reported at the center at the end of August.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD’s 311 line.

The investigation is ongoing.

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