A file photo shows the Hogan Street Regional Youth Center, 1839 Hogan Street in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS — Four of the five teenagers who escaped from a juvenile detention center north of downtown are still on the loose more than a week after they escaped, authorities said Monday.
Police were notified around 8:30 p.m. July 3 that a group of teenage boys had broken out of the Hogan Street Regional Youth Center by overpowering unarmed staff members, forcing their way out of the building and stealing two staffers’ cars.
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in St. Louis County, but two 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old remain at large, police said.
Police quickly recovered one of the stolen cars, a Chevrolet Cruz; the second car, a Nissan Altima, was found later, police said.
The Hogan Street center is a 30-bed facility that houses boys. It’s one of four secure Division of Youth Services facilities in the state, said Rebecca Woelfel, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Social Services.
She said in an email that confidentiality laws prohibited her from providing specifics about the boys who escaped, including what charges they face.
“The safety of youth in the care of the Division of Youth Services and communities are paramount and the Department of Social Services works closely with law enforcement to safely locate runaway youth,” Woelfel said.
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