The director of the Pitt County Regional Juvenile Detention Center says last night's escape was gang related.
The director of the Pitt County Regional Juvenile Detention Center says last night's escape was gang related. Six teens escaped from the center late Wednesday night.
The teens overpowered guards around 11:10 p.m. and escaped from the holding center for teens who have been charged with crimes but are typically 15 years old or younger. Lawmen say five boys and one girl escaped.
Lawmen were out with search dogs scouring the facility near the Pitt-Greenville Airport and a nearby mobile home park. Officials say four of the teens took off running north. Two others were seen reportedly stealing a white Chevy Impala from the facility. The car has yellow state tags that read PL 7969.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the escapees. They are 15-year-old Deonta Blound of the Greenville area, 14-year-old Tycon May of the Wallace area, 16-year-old Charles Powell from the LaGrange area, 17-year-old Jontaz Arthur from the Vanceboro area, 15-year-old Sabrina Daniels from the Farmville area, and 15-year-old David Faison from the Mount Olive area. Lawmen do not believe the six escapees are armed.
The center's director says there were three guards on duty, enough to watch over the 22 inmates when the escape happened.
This is the fourth time this year that youths have escaped prison custody in North Carolina.