Hickey escapee, 17, captured

July 17, 2000|By Kurt Streeter | Kurt Streeter,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old boy who had escaped with a companion last week from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School, a juvenile detention center in Baltimore County, is back in custody after being captured in Essex.

The other escapee, 16, was still on the loose last night.

The pair fled from a Hickey staff member while on a supervised shopping trip to a Kmart store at North Plaza Mall on Wednesday.

Saturday night, the two teen-agers, whose names are being withheld, were spotted by a Baltimore County police officer as they walked on Norris Lane in Essex, said county police spokesman Sgt. Edward Forbes. The officer was in the area responding to an anonymous phone tip that the two had been seen, Forbes said.

As the officer attempted to arrest the boys, a scuffle ensued and one of them got away, Forbes said.

The 17-year-old was apprehended and charged by county police with resisting arrest, attempted assault and carrying a concealed weapon, a pocket knife.

County police took him into custody and handed him over to Maryland State Police, who are in charge of apprehending escapees from juvenile justice facilities.

State police charged the 17-year-old with second-degree escape and returned him to Hickey early Sunday, spokesman Greg Shipley said.

Before their escape, the teen-agers were close to finishing their terms at Hickey, according to a Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman. The two, accepted recently into a mechanic-training program, fled as they were shopping for work clothes.

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