RICHMOND, Va. — Two inmates escaped on Monday from a Virginia juvenile prison in what authorities say is the first break from the facility in 20 years.

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice said Jabar A. Taylor, 20, and Rashad E. Williams, 18, escaped from Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center on Monday, news outlets reported. Taylor was serving a sentence for two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault. Williams was convicted of malicious wounding and robbery.

Both Taylor and Williams were due to transfer to an adult Department of Corrections facility upon turning 21, officials said.

The two apparently used a cord to choke a security staffer, and escaped through a hole that had been cut in a security fence, said department spokesman Greg Davy. Officials said the two then got into a vehicle that was apparently waiting for them and fled the area.

The security staff member was treated and released from a nearby hospital emergency room, officials said.

“We are very concerned about how this happened and will fully investigate the circumstances and ensure that appropriate action is taken,” said Department of Juvenile Justice Director Valerie Boykin.”

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