Teen pris­oner hops train, es­capes dur­ing trans­fer

Hand­cuffed, shack­led 16-year-old ‘boo­gied through a hole in the fence.’

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Mike­ward mward@states­man.com Con­tact Mike Ward at 474-2791. Twit­ter: @mikestates­man

A 16-year-old state of­fender be­ing trans­ported to a max­i­mum­se­cu­rity youth lockup near Waco es­caped Thurs­day in San An­to­nio by hop­ping a train, even though he was hand­cuffed and shack­led at his an­kles.

Au­thor­i­ties said the youth, who was serv­ing a sen­tence for a rob­bery in the Texas Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice De­part­ment, was be­ing trans­ported from the Evins Re­gional Ju­ve­nile Cen­ter in Ed­in­burg to the McLen­nan County State Ju­ve­nile Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity in Mart when he fled guards about 1 p.m. just off In­ter­state 35 near Splash­town in north­east­ern San An­to­nio.

A search for the teen, who is from San An­to­nio, con­tin­ued late in the af­ter­noon, but po­lice said they had no fur­ther sight­ings of him.

Jim Hur­ley, a spokesman for the youth cor­rec­tions agency, said ini­tial in­for­ma­tion from the scene in­di­cated the youth told guards he was sick, and they stopped to let him out of a van so he could throw up by a fence.

In­stead, the 5-foot-2, 120-pound teenager “boo­gied through a hole in the fence. ... A work train was go­ing by slowly, and he jumped on the train,” Hur­ley said.

The guards were un­able to crawl through the hole in the fence to ap­pre­hend the youth and im­me­di­ately called in San An­to­nio po­lice.

At the time of the es­cape, Hur­ley said the youth was shack­led with an­kle chains and his hands were hand­cuffed to a chain around his mid­sec­tion.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were un­sure how he could have made such a fast es­cape con­sid­er­ing he was in chains and hand­cuffs.

Au­thor­i­ties stopped the train a short dis­tance away, Hur­ley said, but there was no trace of the teen.

A cadre of lo­cal po­lice, Texas High­way Pa­trol troop­ers and a track­ing dog from the adult prison sys­tem were search­ing a wide area in the vicin­ity, au­thor­i­ties said.

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