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Five Escape Juvenile Detention Center


COLUMBIA, Tenn. - Five youths ran away from a juvenile detention center over the weekend.

Maury County Sheriff's deputies searched dense woods and battled stifling heat at night to find the escapees.

They also didn't know what their suspects looked like.

"I was stopped by police at the front of the park and they asked me, 'Did you know anything about any escapees?' And I said, 'No, sir.'"

That's how she found out Saturday night that five juvenile inmates had escaped from a detention center near her home.  Shuck and her mother had no idea how the situation would end.

"She told me to lock the doors and shut all the windows," Shuck said.

It was up to Maury County Sheriff Enoch George to find the five runaways.

"We called out some bloodhounds. We had a lot of help from our local law enforcement agencies," he said.

Some of the teens were considered very dangerous with records that include charges for aggravated assault and assault on an officer.

Law enforcement combed through the woods through early Sunday morning before they found the five suspects.

At least one of them almost made it to Buzz Buford's mobile home.

"It is scary sometime. I've got an 11-year-old daughter and a bunch of us has kids down through here. Well, you never know when they might escape and everything," Buford said.

Although police tracked the down the teenagers, some neighbors wonder if someone else could escape.

"It still doesn't make me feel comfortable, you know, because they got out in the first place,' Shuck said.

"If they were able to overpower someone in a vehicle or able to overpower someone at their home, they could be holding somebody hostage, it could have been a different outcome," George said.

The director of the Middle Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center said Monday the teenagers were able to escape after one of the magnetic doors malfunctioned. 

He called it a fluke and promised the center was working to fix the problem. 

George said while searching for the teenagers police did not have any mug shots of them. George said he plans to ask the center to start taking photographs of all of their inmates.

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