Police capture offenders after Echo Glen Children’s Center assault, escape

September 25, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Police captured six teenage offenders early Sept. 23 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. Sept. 22. 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, the facility 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.

The sheriff’s office helicopter, Guardian One, used forward-looking infrared cameras to assist in the search.

Deputies aboard the helicopter then located the boys, but the offenders split up and fled in different directions. Guardian One then directed police and police dogs on the ground 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.

Investigators said most of the boys were incarcerated at Echo Glen for assault and firearms convictions.

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