Nine inmates escaped from a detention center in Pennsylvania following a riot Sunday, but all have since been apprehended. The brevity of the manhunt — which comes just weeks after a murderous illegal alien broke out of a Pennsylvania prison — was the result not only of a quick response on the part of law enforcement but also some of the escapees’ apparent lack of fortitude.
“It probably was planned, but poorly planned,” said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm, reported the Associated Press.
The motley crew, ages ranging between 15 and 17, made their escape from Abraxas Academy, a youth detention center in Morgantown that deals with delinquents known for their “habitual offending behaviors or for a history of sexual offending behavior,” according to its website.
A riot erupted at the facility Sunday, affording some inmates a distraction that they immediately seized upon.
The Caernarvon Township Police Department noted at 9:27 p.m. that state and local law enforcement had restored order at the academy; however, the facility was then short nine inmates.
Authorities indicated that the inmates had broken free after overtaking two female guards and stealing their keys, reported ABC News.
“They were able to get the keys and then they were able to get out the side door, or one of the doors,” said Beohm.
The Robeson Township Police Department issued an alert Sunday evening, notifying anyone in the area of Interstate 176 and Route 10 to “be vigilant,” adding that the escapees were all wearing white and grey shirts and shorts.
Boehm said that four rogues were taken into custody just before 6 a.m. on Monday after having “basically given up.”
“They were done, they were tired, they were cold,” said the trooper.
Unable to hack the cold and lack of sleep, the first group of escapees knocked on the door of a random home on Oak Grove Road in Morgantown and surrendered.
The remaining five who had not been so quickly defeated by the prospect of discomfort took off in a stolen truck.
Police indicated that at least two cars had been broken into.
Troopers chased the truck down and bagged four of the inmates. The fifth managed to flee into a nearby field on foot, but he too was hunted down and captured alive.
All nine were picked up within four miles of Abraxas Academy.
Beohm indicated that all nine, who came in “pretty weary looking and dirty,” will be charged with escape. Additional charges may also be applied where applicable.
“We’re going to interview all nine of them,” said Beohm. “I know there’s stuff in the works right now to decide where they are going to go after that takes place.”
Abraxas Academy is no stranger to riots or the expressions of concern by locals.
A riot broke out at the facility involving 50 teenagers on July 4, reported CNN.
“We’re concerned. We’re concerned that this institution which houses our most serious juvenile offenders who’ve been accused of a crime or convicted of a crime – they have to be able to maintain control,” said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.
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