Hickey escapees back in custody

March 08, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two teen-age sex offenders were back in custody yesterday after escaping from the Charles H. Hickey Jr. School in Baltimore County, officials said.

The offenders, 17 and 19 years old, escaped about 7 p.m. Wednesday, said Lee Towers, spokesman for Maryland's Department of Juvenile Justice. He said the teens were dressed in street clothes. A guard, apparently believing they were employees, opened the gate and let them pass.

The two were being held at a 26-bed facility for sex offenders run by the Chesapeake Center that is housed on the Hickey grounds.

An employee at the Kmart at North Plaza Mall called police after seeing two teens shoplifting walkie-talkies yesterday morning, Towers said, and county police arrested them across the street.

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