Authorities said eight people have been charged in a disturbance at a Maryland juvenile detention facility that stemmed from a fight between juveniles and erupted into some of the young people getting keys and radios and assaulting staff members.
Eight staffers at the Victor Cullen Center in Frederick County were assaulted Sunday morning by inmates, officials said in a statement. Three of the staff members were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said.
The incident unfolded about 11:30 a.m. when Maryland State Police troopers and sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from the juvenile center, in the 6000 block of Cullen Drive in Sabillasville.
State police said the incident started when two juvenile residents got into a fight, which led others to start “physical altercations with staff members.”
Some of the juveniles were able to get keys and radios from staff members during the assaults, according to police. At one point, some of the inmates got out of the housing area and into other parts of the center’s grounds. None escaped from the property, police said.
Juvenile inmates “kicked out a window, kicked an office trailer door and broke a trailer window,” according to police. They also took candy from a trailer they had broken into, officials said.
Police set up a perimeter at the facility, and a Frederick County deputy who was trained as a negotiator spoke via radio with the juveniles involved in the incident.
Eventually, the juveniles surrendered and authorities entered the facility. The individuals were arrested without incident, according to Maryland State Police. The investigation is ongoing.
A call to the Victor Cullen Center’s administrative office on Monday was not returned.
Officials said three people at the center were charged as adults. Diego Glay, 19, faces a second-degree assault charge and other charges. Two others, Daniel Ennos and Bernard Moore, both 17, face first- and second-degree assault charges and other charges.
Five other people were charged as juveniles. Their names were not released because of their ages, police said. The juveniles are charged with riot, second-degree assault and other offenses.
All are in the custody of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, officials said.
The Victor Cullen Center opened in 1992 and later closed. It reopened in 2007 as a detention facility for teenage males who had little or no violent criminal histories, focusing on mental-health therapy. According to a state website, it can care for about 48 boys ages 15 to 18.
The center first opened in 1908 and was a sanatorium for people with tuberculosis. It was renamed in the late 1940s for Victor F. Cullen, a doctor and former member of Maryland’s Board of Health.
The center had at one time been considered a model of innovation and security. But in 2009, a state agency found problems after 14 residents of the facility escaped following an incident that escalated when a resident would not get off the phone after his allotted time.
Several staffers were assaulted, and 14 of the young men escaped from one part of the facility and allegedly stole wire cutters and hammers that they used to get through layers of fencing. Some of those who escaped tried to steal vehicles, but all were eventually recaptured.