• UPDATE: 4th escaped juvenile apprehended by Highlands County Sheriff's Office

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - UPDATE AUG. 2 12 PM: The fourth escaped juvenile, Tajah Kishon Bing, was arrested in Avon Park on Aug. 1, according to the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.

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    UPDATE JULY 21 7 PM: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said a third escaped juvenile has been apprehended. 

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    Police are still looking for the last escaped juvenile and the car the group stole.

    The vehicle is described as a bronze, four-door, Infiniti with Florida tag LANE19.

    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice released the following statement:

    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has commenced an immediate investigation into the escape of four youth at Jacksonville Youth Academy, a residential commitment program run by contracted provider TrueCore Behavioral Solutions. Two youth have been apprehended and we stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way that we can to ensure the remaining youth are apprehended quickly and safely. The Department takes escape incidents such as these very seriously, and if we discover through our investigation that failures of policies and procedures have occurred, we will take contract action against this provider. At this time, admissions to the Jacksonville Youth Academy program, have been suspended.


    UPDATE JULY 21 10 AM: A second escaped juvenile has been captured, JSO says.


    UPDATE JULY 21 8:35 AM: One of the escaped juveniles has been located, JSO says. Three are still missing.


    Four juvenile inmates have escaped from a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice facility on Lannie Road, JSO says. Police received notification at 11:02 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, from the facility that the four inmates escaped.  

    The teens staged a fight in their dorm room and attacked staff who entered to stop the fight, police say. They then fought with staff in the control room and pushed buttons to release the front door.  

    The teens dumped a staff member's purse onto the floor and stole her vehicle keys and took a staff member's issued cell phone, according to JSO.


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    Police responded and an immediate search was conducted however they have not been located.

    A vehicle was stolen from the facility and we believe the inmates left in it. The vehicle is described as a bronze, four-door, Infiniti with Florida tag LANE19.


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