Broward County

17-year-old leaves sweater by fence, escapes from Broward detention center

Miguel Granados-Palencia
Miguel Granados-Palencia - Fort Lauderdale police

A 17-year-old escaped from the “secure confines” of the Broward Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday morning, according to police.

The teen was in custody for a “non-violent felony offense,” the Department of Juvenile Justice said.

On Thursday, Fort Lauderdale police said a warrant was issued for the arrest of Miguel Granados-Palencia on charges of escape. Both the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice are working together to find the teen.

According to police, the teen left the facility at 222 NW 22nd Ave. just after 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) takes the safety and security of youth in our custody as our top priority,” DJJ said in a statement. “Yesterday an escape incident involving one youth occurred at the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Law enforcement was immediately notified of the escape and we are working with them to ensure this youth is apprehended quickly and safely.”

The teen was escorted from the main building to a classroom portable just after 8:30 a.m., according to a DJJ incident report. A headcount in the portable revealed that Miguel was missing, a DJJ employee wrote in the report. Twelve staffers looked for Miguel, but couldn’t find him, DJJ said.

“During the search, staff discovered the youth’s sweater near the perimeter fence,” DJJ wrote in the report.

There was no damage to the surrounding fence, according to DJJ.

“DJJ is currently investigating this incident and staff’s adherence to policy and procedure, and should a failure be identified, staff will be held fully accountable for their actions,” the department said in a statement.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. L. Reyes at 954-828-6683, Det. M. Emala at 954-828-5579, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

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