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Juvenile arrested

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

WILLARD - Police arrested a 17-year-old Willard boy Thursday afternoon who had been on the loose since June after walking away from a fishing field trip.

The Myrtle Avenue boy was a passenger in the rear seat of a two-door vehicle stopped in the 400 block of Dale Avenue at Tiffin Street, Willard Police Chief Joe Daniel said.

"He was not in a position to flee," he added.

On June 20, the Huron County boy and a 17-year-old Sandusky boy escaped supervision during a fishing trip that was part of an Erie County Juvenile Justice Center program. The Sandusky boy was captured about a week later.

Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth said the two boys were in their street clothes and not restrained during the trip. It's unknown how many people were in the group.

"Of course we know he had been missing," Daniel said, and officers went to at least three Willard homes after receiving tips the Myrtle Avenue boy was there. "We were very diligent in looking for him."

Sgt. Shannon Chaffins was able to apprehend the boy Thursday based on a tip that he would be in a vehicle coming to Willard. Some of the earlier tips were from the boy's friends who were trying to get him back into custody, the chief said.

The suspect is expected to be charged with escape in connection with the fishing trip incident. "That charge is pending," Sigsworth said.

Originally, the boy was convicted in Huron County Juvenile Court of felonious assault and sentenced Aug. 22, 2006 to the Department of Youth Services (DYS) for a minimum of six months. The defendant threw a piece of exercise equipment and a beer can at the head of a Willard officer July 2, 2006, court administrator Chris Mushett said.

On Nov. 3, 2006, the judge approved the boy's transfer to the Erie County corrections facility to serve the rest of his DYS term.

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