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Update: Juveniles That Escaped Detention Center Believed to be in Newark

By kcora on
Newark New Jersey

Authorities continue to search for three teenagers who escaped from a state juvenile detention center last night after they allegedly assaulted an employee, carjacked the employee's van with a female friend in the backseat, police said.

At approximately 8:23 p.m. Ringwood police received a call from the Green Residential Community Home in Ringwood State Park facility reporting that 71-year-old employee, identified as Richard Smith, from Ringwood, had been attacked by the three teens in the laundry room after they had volunteered to do the laundry.

The juveniles took of in Smith's 2012 white Toyota Sienna who was currently occupied by an unidentified female friend of the employee.

Although the teens remain at large, the van and the unharmed 29-year-old woman, who was sleeping in the backseat at the time of the incident were found in Newark around 5 this morning.

The identity of the boys has been withheld but one of the teens has been described as a 15-years-old who was at the center for violating probation stemming from robbery and resisting arrest charges. The other two teens were only described as 17-years-old male teen.

Authorities in surrounding have been alerted of the escape and have been advised to be on the lookout.

According to police, the teens are believed to still be in Newark but added that community is not in danger. The facility were the teens escaped is a minimum-security facility. 

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