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Juvenile escapee detained in El Jebel

EL JEBEL – A 17-year-old male who allegedly escaped Tuesday from a Front Range juvenile detention center was detained in the El Jebel Mobile Home park Thursday night after friends or family turned him in, authorities said.

The young man’s 15-year-old companion alluded capture Thursday night, according to Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher. She said Friday that she wouldn’t necessarily have access to information if the other juvenile was picked up by a different law enforcement agency. She said the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections was the best agency to answer questions about the case.

However, a spokesman for the division said it cannot confirm or deny incidents involving juveniles.

Mosher said Eagle County authorities were told the two juveniles stole a car in Arapahoe County after escaping a youth detention center. They ditched that car in Glenwood Springs and stole another and drove it to El Jebel, where one of the youth had family or friends, she said. One or more members of that household called authorities when they were approached by the youth, according to Mosher.

Eagle County deputies rushed to the scene on Cleve Street with the aid of a Basalt police officer and eventually five Pitkin County deputies. The two youth fled on foot. The 17-year-old allegedly fell and injured his face.

Basalt Police Chief Rodderick O’Connor wasn’t at the scene but said other officers told him the juvenile fell while trying to avoid arrest.

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“The kid ran out of his shoes,” O’Connor said.

Law enforcement officials called for an ambulance at 11:42 p.m., according to Basalt Fire Chief Scott Thompson.

“A male juvenile was transported with trauma injuries – not caused by being taken into custody,” Thompson said.

Police officers contacted the fire department for a second time shortly after with a request to borrow a thermal-imaging camera, which detects body heat. Law enforcement officials used the camera to try to find the second youth, but they were unsuccessful, Mosher said. Authorities scaled down the search around 3 a.m.

The 17-year-old was treated and released from the hospital, taken into custody by Eagle County and then transported to Mountain View, a Front Range youth detention center, Mosher said.

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