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Days following a high-profile prison escape, Pennsylvania State Police faced another breakout challenge when nine teenagers fled from Abraxas Academy in Morgantown on Sunday evening.
The escape occurred amid a reported “riot” at the juvenile detention center. By Monday, state police had located and apprehended all nine escapees. An initial group of four teens was found around 5:45 a.m. on Oak Grove Road, approximately five miles from the facility. The rest were found shortly afterward, as confirmed by state police in a news conference.
While the ages of these teenagers weren’t provided, the Abraxas Youth & Family Services website specifies that the facility caters to “delinquent male youth between the ages of 14 to 18 in 9th grade or above.” The Academy’s primary focus is on youths with a history of recurring delinquent behavior or those charged with sexual offenses.
This incident followed closely on the heels of another escape in the state, where convicted killer Danelo Cavalcante was apprehended after two weeks of evasion. The search for Cavalcante, involving thermal heat technology and a U.S. Border Patrol tactical unit dog, had garnered international attention.