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Forum and wire reports, Published December 11 2012

3 of 5 boys who escaped from ND youth correctional center caught in Fargo

FARGO – Three of the five boys who escaped Sunday from the Youth Correctional Center at Mandan after assaulting a correctional officer were apprehended in Fargo today after crashing a minivan in a south-side residential area.

Authorities had earlier said they believed the 15-, 16- and 17-year-old boys were considered violent and possibly armed.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Fischer told The Bismarck Tribune that a vehicle stolen from the Mandan facility was found abandoned in Minot on Monday night. He said it belonged to the YCC officer who was attacked on Sunday. Fischer said the officer was not seriously hurt.

At about noon today, dispatchers received a report of a minivan driving erratically into Fargo on Interstate 94 and determined the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Minot, Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

The van exited I-94 onto 25th Street in Fargo. Officers located it at 25th Street and 52nd Avenue South and saw it driving erratically near Bishops Boulevard. They attempted to stop the van, but it fled and police decided not to pursue it through the residential area.

“We didn’t want to push the issue, causing them to drive even more erratic,” Vettel said.

The van pulled into the Rose Creek neighborhood and continued to drive erratically, eventually striking a mailbox and a boulevard tree before coming to rest in a yard.

By the time officers arrived at the crash scene, the three juveniles had fled on foot. Police set up a perimeter and apprehended the juveniles near the Rose Creek Golf Course clubhouse, Vettel said.

The whereabouts of the other two juveniles wasn’t known, but police had no reason to believe they were in Fargo, Vettel said.

The three captured escapees were taken to Cass County Juvenile Detention and will face additional charges here, Vettel said. The boys were not injured, he said.

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