Young escapee caught after eluding police 16-year-old from Hickey is back in custody

February 05, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 16-year-old Hampstead boy who escaped from a Baltimore County facility for juvenile offenders was recaptured yesterday after eluding state police in Carroll County for about 12 hours after troopers reported seeing him driving a stolen Jeep.

The youth apparently had returned to the Hampstead area after escaping from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School Friday night, police said.

At 4: 20 a.m. yesterday, troopers saw the boy driving a green 1997 Jeep Wrangler that earlier had been reported stolen on Ridge Road in Westminster.

The youth was not named because of his age.

Troopers chased the Jeep until it stopped along Kempfield Drive east of the North Carroll Farms development and the driver ran into the woods.

"We used a bloodhound and a helicopter in an intensive search, but did not locate him," said 1st Sgt. Robert Windsor, of the Westminster barracks.

Troopers spent much of yesterday checking tips from town residents regarding the elusive juvenile and returned to Hampstead about 4 p.m. after receiving another tip, a spokesman at the Westminster barracks said.

"That last tip turned out to be him and troopers caught him," a police spokesman said.

Charges are pending, the spokesman said.

Windsor said he did not know why the boy was being held at the Hickey School.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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