• Officials: 4 juveniles escaped detention center, assaulted guards

    By: Torie Wells


    DALLAS, N.C. - Police said all four teens were originally at the Gaston Regional Juvenile Detention Center, facing felony charges. After what happened on Tuesday night, police say those young men they will face more charges.

    Eyewitness News was there as one by one the teens were led back into the facility after police say they escaped around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Because of their ages, the Gaston County police asked that their faces not be shown.

    Police said the four escaped after a female detention officer was assaulted and her keys were taken.

    Police said the teens forced their way through the front door and out behind the building and into a wooded area.

    Police said that during the escape, three guards were hurt.

    Two were sent to the hospital, but officials said they are expected to be OK.

    Police set up a perimeter and used dogs to catch the teens, the last one right around 8:15 p.m.

    Officials said the four teens, ages 13, 15, 16 and 17 years old, were at the facility for felony breaking and entering charges and that two were facing cocaine charges.

    "We are relieved they are caught and the citizens of Gaston County can feel safe," said Capt. Suzanne Mauney-Smith, "They will have additional charges of assault and escape."

    Eyewitness News was not able to speak with anyone from the detention facility Tuesday night.

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