2 teens escape St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center


ST. LOUIS – St. Louis police are searching for two teenage boys, ages 15 and 17, who escaped the Juvenile Detention Facility in Grand Center late Tuesday night.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to the facility around 7 p.m. Tuesday after the teens escaped. It is unknown how they got out of the facility, which is located at 3847 Enright Avenue.

The 15-year-old boy is facing several charges, including resisting or interfering with an arrest and tampering with an electronic monitoring device. 

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old is charged with murder. Police said the teen was involved in a September shooting that left one person dead. The victim’s body was found in a vehicle on the steps leading to the Gateway Arch grounds, near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Second Street.

Residents who live near the facility are on edge knowing the teens remain on the loose.

I just hope they are caught and taken off the streets,” said resident Anthony Ross.

As of 6:30 a.m. Wednesday the teens had not been located.   The 22nd Circuit Judicial Court is responsible for the facility and said the center houses about two dozen juveniles ages 17 and younger. 

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