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New Details About Escaped Teen from Youth Facility

04/07/2013 -

ST. JOHNS, Mich. (WLNS) -- Police are trying to figure how a boy escaped from Turning Point Youth Center, a facility for troubled male youth with severe behavior problems.

Clinton County Police say the escaped teen is a 15-year-old from the Lansing area. The teen may have climbed the fence guarding the facility and jumped out.

Shortly after escaping, the teen ran to a nearby house and tried to break into a St. Johns man's truck.

 "I pulled into my driveway, up to my barn and I see this young kid trying to break into the pickup," said Tom Trefil.

Trefil says he called 9-1-1 and the dispatcher alerted him that the teen was at large.

"Of course I was kind of shook up," said Trefil.

Police say officials noticed the boy was missing just before five this Saturday evening. It took authorities about 45 minutes to find him.

Though St. Johns Police Department lead the search, it was an off-duty officer with Clinton County's Canine unit that eventually tracked the teen down.

Police blocked off several streets and asked neighbors to stay inside their homes while they searched for the missing juvenile.

"It's scary knowing there's kids out here playing and everything and, we don't know how if he was armed or anything, orexactly what he's in there for so pretty much just stayed in the house until we knew he was caught," said Tara Bell, who lives across the street from the center.

Officials at the Turning Point Center would not comment about the incident.


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