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A tractor blocks this crumpled gate after three teens drove a car through it attempting to escape Mt. Meigs Youth Detention Facility. A tractor blocks this crumpled gate after three teens drove a car through it attempting to escape Mt. Meigs Youth Detention Facility.
A typical gate at Mt. Meigs Youth Detention Facility. A typical gate at Mt. Meigs Youth Detention Facility.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Three juveniles escaped from the Mount Meigs Juvenile Facility after an altercation between two employees on Saturday night.

"They overpowered staff, got the vehicle, crashed it through the back gate at the facility."

Allen Peaton with the Department of Youth Services says the teens assaulted three employees who work inside their dorm building.

Peaton says they stole a female staff member's purse and car keys, ripped a thumb off a male staff person and fled in the woman's car.

"We think they hit the gate with so much impact and force that it was knocked completely down and they were able to drive out but of course no one actually saw it occurring."

Peaton says the section of campus is far from the dorm area and typically quiet at night and on the weekends.

Officials say they found out about the incident at 7:45pm.

When they got to the gate around 8:00pm, the teens were gone.

"We immediately notified local law enforcement," says Peaton.

Montgomery Sheriff D.T. Marshall says the juveniles should be treated as dangerous.

Arrest warrants have been signed against one of the three escapees.

Sheriff Marshall says three arrest warrants have been signed against 16-year-old Brandon Evans for assault first degree, escape first degree and conspiracy to commit escape first degree. He is being charged as an adult. Once he has been captured, his bond will be set at $180,000. Evans is from Tuscaloosa County.

Charges are pending in juvenile court against the two other teens. Sheriff Marshall cannot release their identities due to their age, however he did say both teens are 16-years-old. One is from Franklin County, the other teen is from Madison County.

Peaton says within the last year there have been three escape attempts here. In fact, one of the teenagers on the run tried to get out two weeks ago. Officials say this is the only time this year someone has escaped without being immediately caught by authorities. 

"It is certainly not the level of security that you would have in an adult prison with double fences, and razor wire," says Peaton.

Sheriff Marshall says the Sheriff's Office is in talks with the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force to possibly use their agents to help apprehend the teens.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of these escapees you are asked to please call the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 334-832-1328 or the County's Secret Witness line at 334-832-1200. 

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