Youth escapes from Durham detention center

From staff reportsMay 25, 2013 

— Durham County authorities are looking for a teenager who escaped Saturday afternoon from a youth home in the 2400 block of Broad Street.

Just before 1 p.m., the 16-year-old – identified only as first name Darren and last name beginning with D -- scaled a fence and jumped off a roof at the Durham County Youth Home, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Department.

"Due to the unpredictability of juvenile behavior during an escape, the county has a high degree of concern for the safety of both the juvenile and the public," a county spokeswoman said in a news release.

Dozens of police officers and dogs spent Saturday afternoon searching for him, but he was still on the loose by early evening.

He is described as 6-feet-tall, black, with brown eyes who weighs about 180 pounds. He has a tattoo of a cross on his left ring finger, sheriff’s deputies said.

He left the juvenile detention center wearing a dark blue jumpsuit with orange and blue Nike shoes. Under the jumpsuit, center staff said, he was likely wearing a white T-shirt and orange boxer shorts.

Before his conviction, he was living in an apartment on Dowd Street north of downtown Durham.

The department is asking anyone who sees him to call 911 or 919-560-0900.

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