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Escaped juvenile serving 35 years for sex crime back in custody

Nicholas Rios (Source: South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice)
Nicholas Rios (Source: South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice)(WRDW)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 8:14 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A teen who escaped from the Department of Juvenile Justice is back in custody Thursday afternoon.

Nicholas Rios, 16, left the Broad River Road Complex, DJJ confirmed Wednesday night.

Rios is serving 35 years for criminal sexual conduct. He was tried and convicted as an adult.

Air and ground units with SLED and local law enforcement searched for Rios for hours, finding some of his clothing.

Thursday around 11:45 a.m., officials announced they successfully apprehended him.

Details on how the teen was able to escape the facility are still unknown.

This story will be updated.

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