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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Three of four D.C. escapees from S.C. youth facility found

Police have captured three of the four D.C. youths who escaped from a detention center in South Carolina Wednesday evening, said D.C. Councilman Jim Graham.

The fourth was committed for a murder charge, said Graham (D- Ward One), who oversees the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services.

All four are between 17 and 19 years old, he said. It was not immediately clear where they were caught.

The four youth fled the Palmetto Summerville Behavorial Center in Summerville, S.C. around 6:15 p.m. There were no reports of injuries to staff or residents of the facility.

The 60-bed center is an out-of-state placement facility for D.C. Youth Rehabilitation Services. It offers treatment programs for teens with sexually aggressive behavior, substance abuse problems and other behavorial issues.

Police in the Summerville area are conducting the search for the remaining youth.

The escape comes days after a teen beat a guard and ran from another D.C. youth detention facility in Laurel. Police are still searching for him.

D.C. officials announced they would increase overnight staffing at that facility.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

By and  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Categories:  Juvenile Justice, The District, Allison Klein

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