Six juvenile offenders attack staff member, escape detention center


by KING 5 News

Posted on September 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 23 at 5:52 PM

Six high risk juvenile offenders at Echo Glen Children's Center were captured early Sunday morning after they assaulted a female staff member and escaped the facility.

The boys were all in the violent offender wing, fenced in from everyone else at Echo Glen.

At about 11:30 Saturday night, six boys – ages 14 and 15 - attacked the staff member and left her unconscious. The boys took her keys and radio, and locked her in a room.  She laid there unconscious until other boys at the facility found her and reported the incident.

King County Sheriff's Deputies arrived and were assisted by troopers from the Washington State Patrol and officers from the Snoqualmie Police Department.

A perimeter was quickly established in the wooded area near the facility and the Sheriff's Office Guardian One Helicopter arrived to search the area.

When spotted by Guardian One, the boys split up into three groups of two and ran in different directions.  

Deputies in the helicopter were able to direct the deputies and K-9 units to the boys.

One of the offenders was bitten by a K-9 dog while trying to escape. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.  The other five boys were arrested and booked at the Youth Services Center for Assault 2, Unlawful Imprisonment and Escape. 

Though Echo Glen is called a Children's Center, it actually houses many of Washington's most serious criminal offenders.

It's been open since the early 1970s, and one local councilman said Sunday that it wasn't supposed to hold such dangerous teenagers.

Saturday night's incident was the third documented escape in nine years.