Six teen offenders captured after violent escape from Snoqualmie's Echo Glen facility
September 24, 2012 · 8:06 AM
Six high risk juvenile offenders were captured early Sunday morning after they assaulted a staff member and escaped from Echo Glen Children's Center.
Echo Glen is a juvenile detention center located in the 33000 block of Southeast 99th Street, just outside of Snoqualmie near Interstate 90's Exit 25.
According to reports from the King County Sheriff's Office, around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, a female staff member was attacked and left unconscious by six boys at the facility. The teens attacked her, took her keys and radio, and locked her in a room.
She lay there, unconscious, until other juveniles at the facility found her and reported the incident.
Sheriff’s Deputies, troopers from the Washington State Patrol and officers from the Snoqualmie Police Department responded.
A perimeter was quickly established in the wooded area near the facility and the Sheriff’sGuardian One Helicopter arrived to search the area using an infrared camera.
The crew was able to spot the six teens using the camera. However, the teens split up into three groups of two and ran in different directions. Deputies in the helicopter were able to direct the deputies and K-9 Unit’s, who were on foot in the wooded area, to the locations that the offenders were running or hiding.
One of the offenders was bitten by a K-9 dog while trying to escape. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. The other five offenders were arrested and booked at the Youth Services Center for second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and escape.
Three of the offenders were 14 years old and the other three were 15 years old. Most of them, according to Sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West, were at Echo Glen for assault and firearms convictions.