Youth sur­ren­ders to Bryant po­lice

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES - STEPHEN SIMP­SON

A teenage boy who es­caped an Alexan­der youth prison last week turned him­self in to the Bryant Po­lice Depart­ment, of­fi­cials said.

Keaton McGee, 14, who es­caped the ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter on Feb. 3 by go­ing over the fence, turned him­self in on Sun­day, Sgt. Todd Crow­son, a po­lice spokesman, said.

“He came in with his mother with­out in­ci­dent,” Crow­son said. “I don’t have the de­tails on why he turned him­self in as of yet.”

This wasn’t the only time last week some­one es­caped from the Alexan­der fa­cil­ity.

Three teenage boys locked up at the youth prison es­caped Wed­nes­day night, in­jur­ing at least one guard in process, state of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice caught the boys around 12:45 a.m. Thurs­day at a Bryant Wal­mart, Amy Webb, a spokesman for the state Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, pre­vi­ously said.

One teenager had asked to use the bath­room and was let out of his liv­ing quar­ters, Webb said. He then be­gan un­lock­ing rooms that be­longed to at least five in­mates.

The teens shoved and struck staff mem­bers as they fled their rooms, in­jur­ing one worker, who went to the hospi­tal, she said.

Shortly af­ter, the teens ran to the fa­cil­ity’s perime­ter, pulled up a sec­tion of fenc­ing and low-crawled to get away, Webb said.

Alexan­der is the state’s largest ju­ve­nile lockup, with 120 beds. It also serves as Arkansas’ cen­tral in­take unit, where al­most all ad­ju­di­cated youths are as­sessed be­fore sen­tenc­ing.

A Nevada com­pany called Rite of Pas­sage has man­aged the fa­cil­ity since 2016 through a $34.1 mil­lion, three-year con­tract.

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