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Teens who escaped from King County detention center arrested in Clark County

Family member of one of the teens called 911

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: May 30, 2023, 10:41am

Four teenage boys who escaped from a King County juvenile detention facility were captured Monday night in the Walnut Grove area.

Seven teens, ages 15 to 17, escaped from Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie shortly after midnight Sunday. The teens reportedly assaulted a staff member during routine checks and stole her vehicle, according to a news release from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Three of the teens were found and arrested Sunday afternoon in Burien, but officials continued to search for the other four. Vancouver police found the stolen vehicle, a white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, on Sunday night, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded at 7:42 p.m. Monday to the 6900 block of Northeast 58th Avenue near Walnut Grove Park for a wanted person.

A family member of one of the teens called 911 to report that when they returned home from the store, the four teens were inside their house. The family member reportedly told them to leave and called 911. They said they thought the teens were still walking in the area, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies used unmarked vehicles to canvass the area and saw the teens near Northeast 76th Avenue and 61st Way. They said they saw the teens walk into an open field at Walnut Grove Elementary School. Deputies tracked the teens using drones and requested assistance from the Southwest Washington Regional SWAT team. Vancouver police also responded to assist.

Before SWAT arrived, the teens noticed police and ran away. Officers caught three of them, and they were arrested without further incident. The other teen ran back toward the family member’s house. Officers later found him and arrested him without incident, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The teens were wanted out of King County on suspicion of escape, kidnapping, carjacking and assault charges. They also had previous criminal histories, including murder, assault and robbery, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said.

The four teens were booked into the Clark County Juvenile Justice Center, and deputies notified the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation into the teens’ escape is ongoing.

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