6 Boys Knock Out Guard, Escape Juvenile Hall
But helicopter search team spots them hours later
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2012 7:29 AM CDT
Six juvenile delinquents fought the law, and the law won.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Six teenage boys fought the law, and the law won: They briefly escaped from a juvenile detention center in Washington state last night after knocking out a female staff member, but all were captured early today in nearby woods, authorities said. The King County Sheriff's department said it received word of the escape about 11:30pm yesterday from Echo Glen Children's Center in Snoqualmie, about 25 miles east Seattle. "They basically attacked the staff member, knocked her out, took her keys, and fled," a spokeswoman said.

The six males ranged in age from 15 to 17 and were serving time for offenses including assault, possession of firearms, and burglary, she said. Law officers on the ground with search dogs and in the air combed the area on the outskirts of Snoqualmie before a helicopter crew spotted them in woods. All were caught by 2am today. "The biggest reason they were apprehended so quickly was the helicopter," said the spokeswoman. "Without that we would have been looking for needles in a haystack." She says the staff member suffered a non-life threatening injury to her head.

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Sep 23, 2012 2:24 PM CDT
They should have let them go. Doubt they had any survival skills. They would have come out of the woods begging for food within 72 hours. Foolish to add that kind of time to a sentence when most of them were in there for minor stuff. No one should be in prison for drug possession.
Sep 23, 2012 11:09 AM CDT
Probably brain-damaged smokers, mentally ill from tobacco addiction. 90% of crime committed by smokers, of course. More information the tobacco-whoring media doesn't want you to know at: http://medicolegal.tripod.com/preventcrime.htm BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, NOW PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS, TOO!
Sep 23, 2012 10:18 AM CDT
Hang them or behead them. They will never amount to anything, they are already thugs who have no individual merit but act as a gang in concert with other thugs.