Teen scales fence of detention facility, arrested

Cary Ashby • Mar 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM

The juvenile inmate must have thought he was Spider-Man -- but authorities caught him about 20 minutes after he scaled a fence to run from the Erie County Juvenile Justice Center.

The 15-year-old Sandusky boy was with other juveniles about 2 p.m. Friday for an outdoor gym class in a fenced-in area.

"They were out there about an hour," Erie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Oliver said.

When a corrections officer got everybody lined up to go inside, the boy said, "I'm not going back."

"He climbed up the side of the fence and (adjacent) building at the same time," Oliver said.

When the boy reached the top of the fence where it curves in, he jumped off. He ran northbound through some backyards on Mill Street and then crossed Tiffin Avenue.

Deputies and officers with the Sandusky Police Department went to the boy's last known address -- the 1000 block of Tiffin, Oliver said. Officers found the boy hiding in some bushes in the yard that backs up to Jay Street.

The teenager was arrested without incident and charged with escape, a second-degree felony if committed by an adult.

"He was out about 20 minutes," Oliver said.

The boy was in custody originally on felony charges of burglary and theft plus several probation violations. He has been in detention center since Feb. 17.

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