Authorities are searching for two of four teenage inmates who escaped Saturday night from a Juvenile Justice detention center on Jacksonville’s Northside. Now admissions to the Jacksonville Youth Academy program, have been suspended by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
According to a tweet from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, inmates,Tyjuan Monroe and Marcus Ledbetter, were located and taken into police custody.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was notified at 11 p.m. that the four had staged a fight in their dorm room at the Jacksonville Youth Academy on Lannie Road, attacked staff who entered to stop the fight, then pushed buttons to unlock the front door. One of the inmates dumped a staff member’s purse onto the floor and stole her keys and took a staff member’s issued cellphone.
Police responded and could not locate the teenagers. They believe they left in the staff member’s bronze, four-door Infiniti with Florida tag LANE19.
Police said these four fugitives escaped:
Tajah Bing – black male, 16, from Osceola County. He’s 5 feet, 10 inches tall weighing 140 pounds
Charges: lewd & lascivious on a victim less than 12 years old
Davionne Baldwin – black male, 17, from Jacksonville. He’s 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 134 pounds
Charges: Grand theft of a motor vehicle, violation of probation
Tyjuan Monroe – black male, 16, from Jacksonville. He’s 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds
Charges: robbery with a firearm, grand theft of a motor vehicle. Monroe was located Saturday morning.
Marcus Ledbetter – black male, 17, 5 feet, 5 inches tall weighing 140 pounds
If you see these inmates call 911. Anyone who has any information in reference to these escaped inmates is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or email [email protected] To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477.
The Department of Juvenile Justice released the following statement:
The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has commenced an immediate investigation into the escape of four youth at Jacksonville Youth Academy, a residential commitment program run by contracted provider TrueCore Behavioral Solutions. Two youth have been apprehended and we stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way that we can to ensure the remaining youth are apprehended quickly and safely. The Department takes escape incidents such as these very seriously, and if we discover through our investigation that failures of policies and procedures have occurred, we will take contract action against this provider. At this time, admissions to the Jacksonville Youth Academy program, have been suspended.