Police capture teen who fled Cullen facility

July 04, 1999|By Jamal E. Watson | Jamal E. Watson,SUN STAFF

One of the three Baltimore teen-agers who allegedly escaped from a state juvenile detention center in Frederick County last week and fled in a stolen car was arrested in Baltimore early yesterday by state police.

Acting on an anonymous tip, police captured the 16-year-old without incident in a house in the 1400 block of Eager Street shortly after 9: 30 a.m., police said. He was charged with escape and the theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with the break-out June 27 from the Victor Cullen Academy in Sabillasville.

Authorities have heightened their search for two other youths who escaped with him by prying open security screens on two dormitory windows. They also are searching for two teens who escaped just before midnight Thursday from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Baltimore County by kicking out a window screen and squeezing through a padlocked gate.

The escapes -- coupled with the rape of a nurse at Hickey by a teen inmate on June 25 -- have led Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend to question the security measures of Youth Services International Inc., the private contractor that operates both Hickey and Cullen. James Irving, president, defended his company's management and blamed the latest escape on inadequate equipment at Hickey, which he said is the state's responsibility.

The recaptured teen was being held last night at the Alfred D. Noyes Children's Center in Rockville, said Cpl. Tim Miller of the Frederick County state police barracks.

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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