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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Two Kids on The Lam After Escaping From Juvenile Hall

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge Kids just being kids is a scary thought these days
  • Kids just being kids is a scary thought these days

San Francisco authorities are resuming their search this morning for two kids -- one 12 and one 16 -- who escaped from juvenile hall last night.

Chief Bill Siffermann told us the kids, who escaped from their rooms, are not high-risk youth, so no need to panic.

The minors escaped at about 9:40 p.m. through a 1-foot-square window; they had smashed the window with a metal room fixture that they pried from the wall. The kids squeezed through the window opening into the outdoor fenced area, authorities said.

SFPD responded to the scene, and using emergency lighting, officers spent the entire night combing the premise, which is secured by a 20-foot barbed wire fence.

"We thought the fencing in the facility would prevent them from leaving," Siffermann told SF Weekly.

Police have yet to find the suspects, but are hopeful the daylight hours will make it easier to locate the juveniles, Siffermann said. Police have contacted the kids' parents, who are well aware of their children's troubles.

While neither of the kids have a history of violence or weapon-related charges, the SFPD and the Juvenile Probation Department are anxious to locate the juveniles to ensure the safety of the neighborhood surrounding detention facility.

"We will get a warrant for this guys, and anticipate we will locate them," Siffermann said.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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