Four Teens Captured After Escaping Juvenile Treatment Facility


The four teenagers who escaped the Mansfield Juvenile Treatment Center have been caught.

Law enforcement says four boys between the ages of 15 and 17 escaped the Juvenile Treatment Center at approximately 6:30 Monday night.

According to a press release from Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, a worker from the center spotted one juvenile standing in front of the Dollar General in Mansfield at 2 a.m. The juvenile fled on foot while a van also fled the parking lot.

An investigation by Mansfield Police Department revealed two juveniles had broken out the front glass to the store and stole cigarettes and chips.

The fleeing van was spotted by Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office around Highway 71 and Hendrix Road near Greenwood. The vehicle led officers from several agencies on a pursuit which led to Fort Smith.

From Fort Smith, the vehicle then fled towards Hackett. Law enforcement was able to set up spike sticks in Hackett and the vehicle was rendered inoperable.

The driver was discovered to be one of the escapees.

At 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning, two juvenile males were seen walking in Mansfield near the city hall. Law enforcement sought to make contact but both fled on foot.

Officers captured the two after a foot pursuit.

The final juvenile escapee was caught by Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office in Mansfield.

All four are now in custody of Sebastian County and will be taken to the Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center. 

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