DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Its been four days since 16-year old Anthony Michael Becton-Clark has been on the loose.
The teen was originally charged with burglary, but after escaping from the center for adolescent services on Monday, he’s facing new felony charges.
“Anytime we have a security breach like this, and Judge Kuntz and I are both concerned about that, even 15 years of age, anytime someone escapes like this, its very serious,” said Mat Heck, Montgomery County prosecutor.
Heck spoke exclusively with 2 NEWS about the situation.
Two of the three teens who got out through the center’s ventilation system Monday, were caught within 24 hours. Local agencies worked together to try and find the three, but Clark remains out on the streets.
“When youre dealing with someone who commits robbery, which is a serious crime and then does this, whether hes out one week or six, theyre going to work just as hard to put him back into the institution,” explained Heck.
As time goes on, it doesn’t look good for the teen’s case.
“Its to his benefit and to his family’s benefit that he turn himself in as soon as possible, because any court or prosecutor is going to look to see what hes doing in between time, is he committing other crimes? Is he adding other people in his scheme to remain at large,” said Heck.
If people are helping the teen they could face felony charges as well, like obstructing justice which is a year in prison. But the county attorney’s office is confident in law enforcement to find the 16-year-old.
“He will be caught, there is no question, he will be caught, just like the other two have already been caught, it doesnt do him any good to remain at large like this,” said Heck.
The prosecutors office is filing to transfer all three of the teen escapee’s into adult court.