2 escaped teens from Jetson Center for Youth may be dangerous | News
ZACHARY, LA (WAFB)- Authorities are searching for two teenagers who escaped Tuesday night from Jetson City Center for Youth (JCY) near Zachary, LA.
Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) staff are working with police to locate the teens. A chase team with tracking dogs from Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson deployed to track the youth.
The two youth are black males. Demonte Washington, 15, 5'6", 140 pounds. The other is Clarence McWilliams, 18, 5'10", 162 pounds. Both are from Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Children's Code prohibits OJJ from releasing the names and photos of the youth, however, because the Sheriff's Office believe these teenagers are a possible threat to the community, their pictures and names have been released.
Their offenses ranged from simple burglary to carjacking.
The escaped teens are considered potentially dangerous and unpredictable. The public is urged in all cases to exercise caution if approached by strangers asking to use telephones or enter their houses.
The teens were found to be missing about 8:15 p.m.
"Public safety is our prime concern, as well as the safe return of the youth to state custody," said OJJ Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary L. Livers. "We are grateful to the local law enforcement agencies for their assistance in seeking the youth. We will undertake a thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding this incident."
To ensure public safety, OJJ employs an automated call system to inform area residents of incidents such as escapes. The call system was activated immediately when the youth were noted to be missing.
OJJ staff and local law enforcement searched through the night for the youth and the search continues Wednesday.
If you believe you have seen these teenagers, or have information to where they are, you are urged to call CrimeStoppers at 344-STOP (7867).
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