Miami-Dade County

Two ‘violent’ teens on loose after escaping youth detention center, police say

Three teens escaped from this youth detention center in Southwest Miami-Dade Sunday night, according to Miami-Dade police.
Three teens escaped from this youth detention center in Southwest Miami-Dade Sunday night, according to Miami-Dade police.

Three teens escaped from a youth detention center in Southwest Miami-Dade, according to Miami-Dade police. One of them was caught, but two are still on the lam on Monday morning.

The teens slipped out from Miami Youth Academy, 10855 SW 84th St., sometime before 9 p.m. Sunday, when police were on the scene and setting up a dragnet.

One teen was in custody by late Sunday, according to Miami-Dade police.

The academy is administered by the state Department of Juvenile Justice.

The teens likely escaped through a classroom window, said Alvaro Zabaleta, a Miami-Dade police spokesman.

Police took 15-year-old James Posey into custody after a search. He was originally charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer and grand theft.

They are still looking for 14-year-old Jonathon Jacobo and 16-year-old Gregory Ruiz.

Police say neighbors of nearby apartment complexes reported seeing the teens in the area.

“The two individuals are known to be violent,” Zabaleta said in a statement.

Miami-Dade Detective Angel Rodriguez told reporters that police have “received information” that the two teens are not armed, but emphasized they “can be violent.”



New video released by the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office shows the arrest of the third inmate who escaped Orangeburg County Detention Center in May. Curtis Green was in prison for murder when he escaped.

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