Investigators still looking for 1 of 5 escaped YDC inmates

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- State officials are asking everyone in Georgia to be on the lookout for the 18-year-old escapee. He is described as a black male with a tall and slender build at 5’8’’ and160 pounds.

Officials say he has close cut black hair with brown eyes and no identifying marks or tattoos. He was last seen wearing state-issued blue shorts and a white sleeved T-shirt.

As the search for the teen continues, so does the lockdown at the Youth Development Campus.

Officials say the five did not get far before an off-duty officer spotted the missing youth on a nearby road.

After calling in extra help, the juveniles led Richmond County deputies on a chase in a stolen car.

Nakendrick Glover saw it all.

"I don't know where the chase started from, but it ended up on my street. And it's a quiet street. Got nothing but old folks staying out here," Glover said.

Officials say the 18-year-old man they're still looking for was driving the getaway car.

"Whoever they was, they drive good. They should have been a stunt man or something,” Glover said.

But the escapee chose the wrong road for a getaway. Byron Place is a dead end.

It's on this street where Deputies say they caught three of the five inmates. The other two ran into the woods. The fourth youth later surrendered.

“I ain't never seen that many police cars after one person. I knew it had to be something serious," Glover said.

The YDC is no stranger to crisis situations. All of this happened just hours after a different YDC inmate, Michael Everidge, was sentenced to 17 years in jail for the 2011 beating death of Jade Holder.

In a News 12 interview just a few weeks ago, Gale Buckner commented on the state of the facility.
"We identified things that needed to be tightened up safety and security wise. If there was more lighting in the outside areas that would illuminate what was going on in that facility and make it harder for someone to either throw something over a fence or to attempt to help in an escape effort," Buckner said.

Investigators are still trying to verify exactly how and where the escape happened.

Officers from the Atlanta office have come in to comb the campus for security deficiencies and any policy violations that may have helped with the escape.

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