KOKOMO – Two juveniles who escaped while being transported to a youth center in Kokomo have been captured.
Police said a phone tip led them to the teens, who were found just before 11 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 2400 block of North Jay. Initially, the teens try to run away, but police caught them.
According to investigators, the teens—a 15-year-old suspect and a 16-year-old suspect—stabbed two transport officers with a pencil Wednesday night while they were in transit to the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center. They hadn’t been handcuffed or otherwise restrained because they had not committed a crime, police said. The driver suffered injuries to the face, back and leg; the other officer was stabbed multiple times in the chest.
The officers recalled hearing the teens yell “Now!” before the attack, which caused them to lose control of the van and crash into a tree. The teens ran away, and the officers called 911, sparking a manhunt that lasted late into Wednesday night. Police were unable to locate them until receiving the tip Thursday morning.
According to Kokomo police, the teens concocted the plan during the trip from the Warren County Jail to Kokomo; the exact reason behind the escape isn’t known though police said it has something to do with the events that originally landed the teens in the Warren County Jail.