DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As two shackled teens appeared in court today, one is still on the loose.
Investigators questioned family and friends as they search for that third escapee, 16 year old Anthony Michael Becton-Clark – in custody for felony robbery and burglary.
“I would not say that this youth is going to be a threat to anyone, I think he is primarily stay out of trouble at this time, stay out of view of law enforcement. I’m hoping sooner than later, ” said James Cole, Montgomery County juvenile court administrator.
This isn’t the first time teens have tried to escape from this detention center in New Lebanon. And after three teens succeeded through the center’s ventilation system yesterday, officials want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We’re going to address some of the issues that we’ve seen, especially with the physical building itself. I think some things could be done to enhance the security out there,” said Cole.
I asked him what the options are and court administrator James Cole told me it could be hiring more security or putting more money in the facility itself.
He says the center serves as a rehabilitation program hoping to keep teens away from a life of crime as adults.
“We want our staff to create a relationship with these youth because we believe that leads to greater success in treatment and rehabilitation. That is our primary goal, we do not want to see them incarcerated whether its in the juvenile system or adult system,” explained Cole.
For now the teens in custody are being held at the Montgomery county juvenile detention facility, that could change if they’re charged as adults.
If you have any information about that third escapee, call 222-stop.