Teens escape from custody en route to juvenile detention center

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KOKOMO, Ind.– Officers in Howard County are searching for two teenagers who are on the run after escaping from custody on their way to juvenile detention center in Kokomo, Ind.

The 15 and 16-year-old males had been in the same foster home in Warren County, Ind. For some reason, they were terminated from foster care, so the Department of Child Services contacted the Robert J. Kinsey Youth Center to come pick the teens up, explained Jeff Lipinksi, the director of the center.

Just about two blocks from the youth center, near the Howard County Jail, the teens took a pencil and violently jabbed the two Kinsey employees who were in the vehicle with them. The teenagers took off on foot.

The two employees, a man and a woman, were treated at the scene and then taken to the hospital for their injuries. They were later released.

Lipinski said a massive manhunt was underway late into Wednesday night, but they were unable to locate the juveniles.

The teenagers had their belongings with them while they were being transported because they were going to be staying at the youth center. They were not shackled, handcuffed or restrained while being transported, because they had not committed a crime.

The 16-year-old white male was last seen wearing a white V-neck shirt, a red hooded sweatshirt and ripped jeans. The black 15-year old male was wearing a black T-shirt.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call authorities.

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