Hickey School escapees captured by authorities

Nine juveniles in custody after Saturday breakout

July 01, 2002|By Stephen Kiehl | Stephen Kiehl,SUN STAFF

Nine teen-age boys who removed a window and cut through two fences to escape from the Charles H. Hickey School on Saturday were back in custody by the end of the night, authorities said yesterday.

Two of the boys were caught shortly after the 8:30 p.m. escape from the school for juvenile offenders in Cub Hill.

State troopers and Baltimore County police, using helicopters and police dogs, caught the other seven escapees about 11:40 p.m. in a residential area near Joppa Road and Walther Boulevard, about two miles from the school.

The boys, ages 15 to 17, were on foot, unarmed and wearing their Hickey School uniforms.

They have committed "everything from drug crimes to assault," said Lee Towers, a spokesman for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The nine boys, who officials say will be charged with escape, were turned over to the juvenile justice department. They will be sent to juvenile facilities throughout the state, Towers said. "We don't like to send them back to the same facility when something like this happens," he said.

Their absence from King Hall at the Hickey School was noticed about 8:30 p.m. by staff during a routine check.

The boys had removed a metal-frame security window, Towers said. Then they opened a glass window and slipped out of a ground-floor dorm room and cut through two fences and escaped into the woods.

Two of the boys were caught about 9:30 p.m. near Gun Hill Circle and Parkfalls Road, about two miles east of the school. The other seven were caught two hours later about two miles south of the school.

Towers said the boys, who were from various parts of the state, were in a 12- to 18-month enhanced program for youths who have committed serious offenses.

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