Youths Captured After Escape From Detention Center

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 28, 2009

Four juvenile offenders escaped last night from a Maryland state detention center in Frederick County, but they were apprehended within an hour, authorities said.

Ten other youths tried to escape but did not leave the 500-acre grounds of the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville. They were found hiding in a maintenance building, said Tammy Brown, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Juvenile Services.

State police were called to the detention center shortly after 7 p.m. because of a large fight inside a residential cottage, authorities said.

Six staffers who apparently tried to break up the melee suffered cuts and were taken to a hospital as a precaution, officials said.

The youths who left the grounds were found within a quarter-mile of the campus, Brown said. The detention center is about 70 miles northwest of the District.

The detention center became a reform school for boys in 1965 and was transferred to state control two years later, according to the department's Web site.

The center houses 48 juvenile offenders, the maximum number.

Most of the school's buildings are behind a security fence, according to the Web site.

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