In a shocking turn of events, nine teenagers have managed to escape from the Abraxas Academy, a juvenile detention center located in Morgantown, Pennsylvania. The escape occurred on Sunday night after a riot broke out at the facility. The Caernarvon Township Police Department issued a statement confirming the incident and stating that law enforcement had regained control of the facility following the escape.
The exact details of the riot and the extent of the damage caused at the facility are still unknown. However, reports from ABC 6 suggest that there were injuries sustained by staff members during the chaos. It is unclear how many juveniles were involved in the riot, but the authorities are actively working to resolve the situation.
Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm provided a description of the escaped teenagers, stating that they should be wearing gray pants or shorts and a gray shirt. Law enforcement agencies have established a perimeter around the Abraxas Academy and are urging the public to report any sightings of individuals matching the description.
In their efforts to locate the escaped juveniles, police have deployed helicopters, drones, and K9 units to search the surrounding area. The seriousness of the situation is further emphasized by the fact that this is the second riot to occur at the facility in less than three months. In July, around 50 teenagers caused mayhem at the detention center, resulting in the destruction of water pipes, fire alarms, and video surveillance equipment.
During the July riot, two juveniles suffered minor injuries, and one staff member suffered a concussion. Tyler Ali, a 16-year-old resident at Abraxas Academy, was charged as an adult for his role in the incident. The charges against Ali include aggravated assault, simple assault, riot, disorderly conduct, and related offenses.
Abraxas Academy is described as a "multi-service facility" with a “secure” treatment program for delinquent males between the ages of 14 to 18 in the 9th grade or above. The facility's website states that youth are admitted to the Academy for habitual offending behaviors or a history of sexual offending behavior.
The escape comes just weeks after the capture of convicted murderer Danilo Cavalcante, who had escaped from a prison in South Coventry Township after a two-week manhunt. The search for Cavalcante involved law enforcement from local, state, and federal agencies and spanned all of Chester County.
In light of the recent escape, authorities are urging residents in the vicinity of Abraxas Academy to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to 911 immediately. The Twin Valley School District, located approximately six miles from the facility, has yet to decide whether to open schools on Monday, prioritizing the safety of its staff and students.
It is clear that the escape of these nine juveniles poses a significant threat to the community. With law enforcement agencies working diligently to apprehend them, residents are urged to stay informed and cooperate with any instructions provided by the authorities. As the situation unfolds, further updates will be provided.