Police capture teen offenders after escape from Echo Glen Children’s Center
September 23, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 2:15 p.m. Sept. 23, 2012
Police captured six teenage offenders early Sunday morning after the boys assaulted a guard and escaped from the Echo Glen Children’s Center, a juvenile detention facility in Snoqualmie.
The boys, ages 14 and 15, assaulted a female staff member and knocked her unconscious at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The boys then stole her keys and radio, locked her in a room and fled from the medium/maximum security facility.
Echo Glen is not fenced and is surrounded by forest and wetlands.
(Though the facility is administered by the state Department of Social and Health Services, Echo Glen is in the Issaquah School District.)
Other juvenile inmates at the facility discovered the unconscious staff member and reported the incident.
Officers from the King County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and Snoqualmie Police Department responded to the facility at 33010 S.E. 99th St. to search for the escaped boys. Overhead, Guardian One — the sheriff’s office helicopter — assisted in the search.
Deputies aboard the helicopter located the boys, but the group split up and fled in different directions. Guardian One then directed police on the ground and police dogs to the escapees.
Several boys sustained dog bites during the arrest; authorities transported one escapee to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center for treatment.
Police booked the boys into the King County Youth Services Center on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and escape.