All nine teenage offenders who managed to escape from a detention facility in Pennsylvania have been apprehended and are now back in custody, according to authorities.
The group of escapees, all aged between 15 and 17, were captured at different locations on Monday morning. They had spent approximately 10 hours outside the Abraxas Academy detention center in Morgantown, stated State Trooper David Beohm during a press conference.
“They were exhausted. They were fatigued, and they were cold,” Beohm said, referring to four of the teenagers who turned themselves in at a house just before 6 a.m. “They appeared as if they had been walking in the woods since 8 o’clock last night.”
Less than an hour later, four more escapees were apprehended after reports of a stolen vehicle. The ninth teenager, who was allegedly involved in the theft, was captured shortly after a brief foot chase, stated Beohm.
In addition to any other crimes committed while on the run, all nine teenagers will face escape charges, Beohm confirmed.
Beohm also clarified that earlier reports of a riot at the detention center, which supposedly led to the escape, were incorrect.
In a separate incident, law enforcement authorities conducted an extensive two-week manhunt for Danilo Cavalcante, a convicted murderer who escaped from the Chester County Jail near Philadelphia on August 31. Cavalcante was ultimately recaptured on September 13 using heat-detecting technology and police dogs.
Beohm mentioned that the nine teenagers were unlikely to have the same level of resilience as Cavalcante due to their young age. Cavalcante, who was sentenced to life in prison before his escape, knows he is facing a lifetime behind bars.
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