A GROUP of teenagers have sparked a nationwide manhunt after their daring escape from a juvenile detention center.
Seven teenagers have escaped from Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie. Washingtonabout 30 miles east of Seattle after assaulting a night worker at the facility and stealing her belongings, including her car keys, police called.
The King County Sheriff’s Office said the brutal attack happened just after midnight on Sunday.
After the attack, the teenagers, aged between 15 and 17, fled the scene in the employee’s Chevrolet Equinox.
As of Monday morning, three of the seven teenagers were back in custody after authorities tracked them down 30 miles west to Burien.
A Burien resident said she saw three teenagers flee police from an apartment complex.
“I saw the three boys flying across the yard,” the woman told the NBC affiliate king 5.
“I don’t know where they were going to go from there and the police cars showed up.”
Authorities also recovered the Chevrolet Equinox.
Meanwhile, the King County Sheriff’s Office has advised residents living near Echo Glen to remain vigilant about the fugitives.
“It’s a bit nerve-wracking,” Maria, who lives near Echo Glen, told the ABC affiliate KIRO 7.
“Unfortunately, that happens more often than we would like.”
In January 2022, five youths similarly escaped the facility after stabbing several staff members and stealing a car.