Juvenile Recaptured After Jail Escape

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Two male juveniles escaped from the Globe detention facility on Tuesday evening and have been caught and returned to jail.

One of the escapees, age 16, was in jail charged with two counts of murder, and the other, age 17, was charged with assault.

Gila County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Keith Thompson, took charge of the incident and immediately initiated a search for the two escapees, Lt. Tim Scott with GCSO said.

A witness reported seeing the two juveniles running toward U.S. Highway 60 from the detention center, Scott said.

Officer Mike Boyd caught the assault detainee on Saguaro Drive in Globe at about 9:20 that night.

Members of the Sells Police Department, DPS, Globe Police, the U.S. Marshall's Service and the Gila County Detention Center caught the other escapee with his brother and father, as they were driving towards Sells, Ariz., about a mile and a half from Globe, at approximately 5 a.m. the next morning.

The recaptured juveniles will be charged with escape and related charges, Scott said.

Charges against the father and brother of the one juvenile are still pending, he added.

"One of our detention officers did receive minor injuries when he was assaulted during the incident," Lt. Mike Johnson with GCSO said.

One of the juveniles gained access to the control room at the detention center while the door was open because staff is going through protocol changes, Johnson said.

"He just rushed the officer and was able to get into the room and gain control the doors leading to the outside," Johnson said.

The sheriff's department conducted a debriefing following the incident to ensure all involved agencies will be able to respond to any incidents like this one in the future, Scott said.

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