Nine teenagers fled a juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania after a riot broke out there, police said.
The Caernarvon Township Police Department said in a statement that the disturbance occurred at Abraxas College in Morgantown around 8 p.m. Sunday.
State and local law enforcement reported that nine offenders escaped from a juvenile detention center after “regaining control of the facility.”
“The fleeing juvenile should be wearing gray pants or shorts and a gray shirt,” Pennsylvania State Police said. David Beom.
State police said they were working with authorities in Caernarfon to “resolve this matter.”
A cordon has been established around Abraxas, and law enforcement is asking the public to call 911 if they see anyone matching the description of the escaped teen.
Police are using helicopters, drones and K9 units to search the area.
There were reports that college staff were injured during the riot, ABC 6 reported.
It was unclear how many teenagers were involved in the riot and the extent of the damage to the facility.
The Post reached out to Pennsylvania State Police for comment.
Convicted murderer Danilo Cavalcante was found on Wednesday after a two-week manhunt at the college, 14 miles west of the south Coventry town.
Abraxas Academy is described as a “multi-service facility” that provides a “safe” treatment program for “delinquent” males “aged 14 to 18 years in ninth grade or above,” according to the agency’s website.
“Youths are admitted for habitual criminal behavior or a history of criminal sexual behavior,” its website reads.
According to WFMZ, this is the second disturbance at the facility in less than three months.
After the riot, Officer Beom told the media that about 50 teenagers rioted at the detention center on the evening of July 4, damaging water pipes, fire alarms and “video surveillance equipment.”
“There are some kids out there doing some pretty serious stuff,” Beom said.
It took about 40 law enforcement officers from various police departments five hours to end July’s anarchy and restore order to the facility.
“I think it could have been worse for law enforcement and those kids,” Beom said after the Independence Day chaos.
Two teenagers suffered minor injuries and a staff member suffered a concussion.
Tyler Ali, a 16-year-old Academy resident who was the primary instigator of the riot, was charged as an adult for his role in the July riot, the outlet reported.
Berks County District Attorney John Adams said Ali was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, rioting, disorderly conduct and related offenses.
The Teen Center in Morgantown is located approximately 49 miles northwest of Philadelphia.